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Baghdad (AFP) - In the two weeks since it was seized by Sunni militants, some residents of the northern Iraq city of Mosul feel the clock has been turned back hundreds of years.
The militants, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group, have begun imposing an extreme interpretation of Islamic law in the days since they took the city, residents reached by telephone told AFP.
Security forces in Mosul, a city of some two million people before the offensive, wilted in the face of the onslaught, in some cases abandoning uniforms and even vehicles in their haste to flee.
After seizing control, gunmen declared Nineveh a part of their Islamic state and issued a document outlining new rules.
The 16-point document announced the prohibition of the selling and consumption of alcohol and drugs as well as smoking, and forbade gatherings and carrying weapons.
Women are to wear non-revealing clothes and keep to their homes, while "shrines" are to be destroyed.
- Statues of poets removed -
Abu Ramzi, one of Mosul's Christians who did not flee the city, said militants destroyed a statue of the Virgin Mary in front of a church.
One resident who fled said a neighbour told him that gunmen came to check empty houses in the area and find out who owns them.
"They asked about my house, my (religious) sect and my phone number," he said.
The gunmen left a message that he had two days to return and renounce his Shiite faith, or the house would be burned.
originally posted by: stirling
Maybe the world will turn against this kind of radical extremism when confronted with sufficient evidence of the cruelty of ISIS forces......as well as the backwards looking society they wish to build...
There may even be the workings of the next great wart (between Islam and Christians) being planted right now in Iraq.....
Enough atrocities, and they'll be hated by most of the world....then they could be destroyed.....
originally posted by: tadaman
a reply to: Kratos40
I agree hommie.
My family is from that white sliver in the north that has never been conquered by any foreign invader...Asturias.
I never get tired of saying it...
Asturias will never fall to Islam. Spain will never again be a territory of Islam.
"as long as there are stones in Asturias there will be the will and valor to throw them!"
We are born and raised "matamoros"
Hold it down.
originally posted by: Kratos40
a reply to: Swills
My question about this whole I.S.I.S. take over, is how a relatively small group of extremist Sunni fighters compared to a majority Shiite population are able to do this?