DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:45 P.M.) – Unable to win on the battlefield, the Islamic State has turned to its harsh penal code to keep people in check for those still living in ISIS-held areas of Iraq.
A handful of photos released by Amaq Agency on Wednesday showed jihadist henchmen enforcing ISIS’ religious laws for two alleged thieves whom remained unnamed.
The first supposed criminal was simply flogged as ISIS’ media branch claimed his theft to be an isolated incident for a small sum of money.
However, the second assailant stood accused of robbing a large quantity of funds and therefore had his hand cut off before a public crowd. Seemingly to justify the punishment, a medical crew hastily bandaged the severed arm. Viewer discretion is advised:
The incident reportedly took place at undisclosed location north of Bagdad and west of the Tigris River in what is known to be ISIS’ interior territory.
Over the past couple months, two long-standing ISIS pockets around Mosul and Tal Afar have been eliminated by the Iraqi Armed Forces. With the self-proclaimed caliphate’s territory shrinking quicker than ever, the hardline group has turned to its strict religious laws to keep locals in check and deter them from cooperation with government intelligence agencies.