The number of members of the al-Khansa Women's battalion, formed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has reached 60, a source in Raqqa revealed.
In an exclusive interview with All4Syria, the sources said that the woman in charge of the battalion is named Umm Muhajer, and she oversees women's punishments in the city.
Umm Muhajer's son is a member with Ahrar al-Sham and he is wanted by ISIS. Umm Muhajer has two daughters, one married to an emir with Ahrar al-Sham and the other is married to an ISI emir.
The source confirmed that ISIS has brought a number of women from outside Syria, especially from Russia and Tunisia, calling them "migrant Jihadists". They were brought to Syria for marriage purposes and do not participate in street patrols of floggings for Sharia crimes; these are the tasks of volunteer women with the Khansa Battalion.
ISIS pays each woman who joins the battalion or the security services $200.
The source said that ISIS recently intensified its security procedures in Raqqa, especially after the suicidal operations which targeted its members. The most remarkable of these operations were when two people, dressed as women, entered the National Hospital and opened fire on two ISIS members and another, when masked men attacked the al-Furusieh checkpoint, killing all the ISIS members there.
The source said ISIS members are moving more carefully now; they don’t leave their headquarters during the night or walk in the streets alone, only moving in groups of no less than six.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer