The Iraqi Housewife Who 'Cooked the Heads' of ISIS Fighters

The Iraqi Housewife Who 'Cooked the Heads' of ISIS Fighters
"Quiet down stay still," the lady in dark uniform and a dark headscarf snapped behind her at the furnished men behind her as she sat down for a meeting.


Promptly they went tranquil, each altering his weapon and standing up straight as though he'd been called to consideration.

This is a lady who charges regard, I thought. She keeps a Beretta 9-millimeter gun in a holster under her cleared out arm. The region around the trigger was silver where the paint had worn off.

The lady being referred to, 39-year-old Wahida Mohamed - also called Um Hanadi - drives a power of around 70 men in the region of Shirqat, a town 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Mosul, Iraq.

She and her men, part of a tribal-state army, as of late helped government powers drive ISIS out of the town.
Wahida Mohamed seen here in Shirqat, Iraq on Sept. 27, 2016.
In the man's reality that is provincial Iraq, female contenders are an irregularity.

'More needed than the Prime Minister'

Um Hanadi is not unfamiliar to this.

"I started battling the psychological oppressors in 2004, working with Iraqi security strengths and the coalition," she says. Thus, she pulled in the anger of what in the end got to be al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, which later transformed into ISIS.

"I got dangers from the top initiative of ISIS, including from Abu Bakr (al-Baghdadi) himself," she says, alluding to ISIS's self-pronounced caliph.

"Be that as it may, I can't."

"I'm at the highest point of their most needed rundown," she boasts, "significantly more than the Prime Minister."
A picture from Wahida Mohamed's Facebook page.
Um Hanadi ticks off the times they planted auto bombs outside her home. "2006, 2009, 2010, three auto bombs in 2013 and in 2014."

En route, her first spouse was executed in real life. She remarried, however, ISIS killed her second spouse not long ago. ISIS additionally murdered her dad and three siblings. They additionally murdered, she included her sheep, her pooches, and her feathered creatures.

She barely got away demise too.

"Six times they attempted to kill me," she says. "I have shrapnel in my mind and legs, and my ribs were broken."

She pulled back her headscarf to demonstrate her scars.

"However, all that didn't prevent me from battling," she said.
A picture from Wahida Mohamed's Facebook page.
Um Hanadi cases to have driven her men in various fights against ISIS. General Jamaa Anad, the authority of ground strengths in her local Salahuddin territory, let me know they had given her gathering vehicles and weapons.

General Anad, a short, minimal, straightforward man of few words, just says: "She lost her siblings and spouses as saints."

'Look at my Facebook page'

Subsequent to posting every one of the assaults against her, and all the friends and family lost to ISIS, Um Hanadi said: "I battled them. I guillotined them. I cooked their heads, I blazed their bodies."

She came up with no reasons, nor endeavored to legitimize this. It was conveyed as a brag, not an admission.

"This is all recorded," she said. "You can see it on my Facebook page."

So we checked. Among numerous photos of her with her dead spouses, contenders, and commanders, there was a photograph of her in the same dark battle uniform and headscarf holding what gave off an impression of being a newly separated head. Another indicated two disjoined heads in a cooking pot. In a third photo, she is remaining among mostly smoldered carcasses. It's difficult to confirm whether the photographs are true or Photoshopped, yet we got the point.
A picture from Wahida Mohamed's Facebook page.
Um Hanadi depicts herself as a "rabat manzal" - a housewife. She denied media reports she was a beautician, in spite of the fact that a photograph on her Facebook page demonstrates her without a headscarf, in what gives off an impression of being a hair salon. She has two girls, matured 22 and 20. They are prepared and prepared to battle, she says, however, are occupied right now dealing with their kids.

When we completed the meeting, Um Hanadi's escort arranged to board their pickup trucks. I strolled up to one of the trucks, where three men sat in the front seat. One hauled out a hand projectile.

"This is for Daesh," he said, utilizing the disparaging term for ISIS.
A man shows a machete to CNN's Ben Wedeman.
"As is this - to remove their heads," said the driver, pulling a long cleaver off the dashboard and waving it uncomfortably near my face.