The girl, named in media reports as Fatoum
Al-Jassem, was sentenced to death by a Sharia
court in Al-Reqqa after it ruled having a
Facebook account was immoral behaviour.
She was taken to the court by Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants after she was
caught using the social networking site, it has
The court, which is under the jurisdiction of
ISIS, ruled the act of being a member of the
social network deserved to be punished the
same way as adultery, according to
A report in the Arabic-language Al-Rai Al-
Youm was picked up by the Fars news
agency, a semi-autonomous organisation
linked to the Iranian government. The Iran
regime has supported Bashar Al-Assad
throughout the Syrian civil war.
The ISIS is a pro-Al Qaida jihadist group that
much fear is taking an iron grip over parts of
Syria. The group was formed in April 2013
and grew out of Al Qaeda's affiliate
organisation in Iraq.
It has since become one of the main jihadist
groups fighting government forces in Syria. It
took over Al-Reqqa after rebels overran the
city in March 2013.
It was the first provincial capital to fall
under rebel control. Rebels who have voiced
their opposition to ISIS have found
themselves arrested and thrown in jail
The town's women, meanwhile, have been
ordered by ISIS via posters to 'cover up their
beauty', according to CNN, and banned from
seeing male doctors or even leaving home
without a male relative. One female activist
drew comparisons between the once-liberal
Raqqa and Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.