ISIS / Islamic State Militants Marrying Girls as Young as 7? Hard to Say

There’s been reports that members of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, have been marrying girls as young as 7 years old. However, these are difficult to confirm.

One of the reports appears to cited an image of a apparent ISIS member–smiling with a microphone–holding a crying girl.

Articles saying the militant will marry the girl emerged about a week ago, but there’s no credible reports about the incident. These articles were published on a number of conservative blogs and message boards.

“The photo was published on twitter by a Muslim user (@Fadel_alHadidi) and profess to be an ISIS militant marrying a 7-year old kafir in occupied minority district of either Mosul or Syria (source and image is unconfirmed). When a forced conversion takes place, the victim is first be forced to recite the Quran to make the pedo-marriage halal according to Sharia law,” reads an article from The Muslim Issue, which appears to post mostly anti-Islam news.

The report appears to have come from Twitter user Fadel Al Hadidi, who wrote: “Disturbing: #ISIS militants announces his marriage to this terrified 7 year old in occupied city #Mosul
#NO2ISIS.” However, he didn’t offer any context, including names.

The photo was first published by Al-Hayat TV, an Arabic broadcaster.

In late July, Reuters reported that Islamic State militants opened an “office for potential wives.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the group set up the office in northern Syria, which allows single women and widows to register to marry Islamic State fighters. As Reuters notes, it was not possible to verify the report independently.