Looking at the way the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has now taken over roughly a third of Syrian territory, while also controlling a quarter of Iraq, I can’t help but see a strangely familiar scenario since this Islamic Caliphate has now been proclaimed.
Last week, I watched VICE News’ feature documentary, “The Islamic State,” a never-before-seen inside look at what society now looks like under ISIS’ rule. But much to my surprise, the most shocking revelation in this piece directed by English-Palestinian journalist Medyan Dairieh wasn’t what I expected. Images of religious police Hisbah patrolling the streets of the Islamic Caliphate “capital” of Raqqa, Syria, ordering a woman’s husband to have her change the fabric of her veil, or telling another man to grow his beard longer or face harsh punishment, and seeing prisoners about to get their hands cut off for stealing were too reminiscent of similar, abundant cases, such as Saudi Arabia’s Janjaweed.
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