Inside The Brutal But Bizarrely Bureaucratic World Of ISIS In Libya
NDTV has an article about life inside Sirte, a territory which had been governed by ISIS.
When the Islamic State’s religious police arrived at his door, Ahmood Abu Amood feared he would never see his family again. …
But the men didn’t come to arrest him that cool February evening. They offered him a job.
They told Amood, who had been a traffic police officer in the city before the group seized it last year, that they were launching a new traffic police department, and they wanted him to be its head. It would evolve, they said, into a Department of Motor Vehicles.
As ISIS’ hold in Syria and Iraq has weakened, apparently ISIS had plans to use Sirte, in Libya, as a backup capital of its Islamic State.
They employed workers to clean the streets, and assisted the poor and orphaned children, especially at the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, residents said. People were allowed to travel out of the city, to Misurata, Tripoli and other areas.
In a neighborhood near the prison, the militants set up a department that oversaw punishments for anything they deemed un-Islamic, including smoking or dressing inappropriately. It was called Al Hisba, which in Arabic means “accountability.” Each transgression came with a specific fine, flogging or jail time. “The system was 100 percent organized,” said Amood, the traffic police officer.
They also were brutal and executed many residents with or without justification
At a makeshift prison inside a large house painted lavender, “Long Live the Islamic State” is scrawled on a wall about “You infidels.” In one corner of the compound, near a brick wall, pro-government fighters unearthed a grave last month that contained nine bodies. Many had been shot in the head.
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