The man shaved his beard and then stood in the street smoking a cigarette in broad daylight - two major offenses in the so-called caliphate of the Islamic terror group ISIS.
Before too long, the group’s religious police, the Hisba, came and put
the man in their car and drove away. In the car, the man pulled out a
weapon and killed them all. He then escaped in the car of a friend
that had escorted him on his mission.
This Hollywood-like plot was recently played out for real in Mosul,
Iraq’s second-largest city, which has been in the hands of ISIS since
June 2014. It was reported by Mosul Eye, a historian who blogs in deep
secret from inside the city.
Stories that emerge from Mosul are scarce. Mobile phone lines have been
cut, so civilians use the Internet to connect with family and others
outside the city. They may complain about lack of electricity and
services, but are scared to give information because ISIS has warned
them they are monitored.
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