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1959, 19 Jun 15

Life In the Islamic State

It ain’t pretty.

There is no safe way out. People vanish — their disappearance sometimes explained by an uninformative death certificate, or worse, a video of their beheading.

“People hate them, but they’ve despaired, and they don’t see anyone supporting them if they rise up,” said a 28-year-old Syrian who asked to be identified only by the nickname he uses in political activism, Adnan, in order to protect his family, which still lives under IS rule. “People feel that nobody is with them.”

The Associated Press interviewed more than 20 Iraqis and Syrians describing life under the group’s rule. One AP team travelled to Eski Mosul, a village on a bend in the Tigris River north of Mosul where residents emerged from nearly seven months under IS rule after Kurdish fighters drove the extremists out in January. IS forces remain dug in only a few miles away, so close that smoke is visible from fighting on the front lines.


1959, 19 June 2015


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    This is Islam as carried out as demanded by the Koran.

    It is ugly, evil, and needs to be stopped.

  2. scott

    Any beliefs that are unsupported by reason and empirical facts should be challenged.

  3. Jadedly Unbiased

    No it’s not, it’s the radical extremists. If all Muslims 1.57 billion of them were terrorists I’m afraid this country wouldn’t exist. Stop being so judgement and irrational. THESE extremists need to be destroyed.

  4. Kevin Scheunemann

    Why do so-called “moderate Muslims” cheer, rather than denounce, the advance of ISIS?

  5. Jadedly Unbiased

    Rhetoric, pure rhetoric. Muslims world wide have and are denouncing ISIS. Many countries with large Muslim populations are part of the coalition actively fighting against these nuts. They aren’t having much success but they are actively speaking out. WE need to step it up.

  6. Kevin Scheunemann


    The only reason the other Muslim groups are carrying on against ISIS is because they think they can do Sharia Law better than ISIS.

    It will be the same difference if a different Muslim group defeats ISIS is in charge of that area.

    The Koran is the same, its all about the level of barbarity when it comes to carrying the Koran out.

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