DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:45 A.M.) – The Islamic State’s so-called religious police, also known as the ‘Hisbah’, has begun cracking down on the population in western Daraa in accordance with the Quran that prohibits music and cigarettes.
A string of photos were released by Jaish Khalid Ibn Al-Walid, an ISIS franchise group, on Monday depicting its religious enforcers burning contraband seized in ISIS-held villages near the border with Jordan and Israel:
Despite clashing on-and-off with rival rebel forces throughout the year, ISIS still controls an enclave of some 20 villages in the southwestern countryside of Daraa.
Despite being cutoff from the Islamic State mainland, Jaish Khalid Ibn Al-Walid continues to cutoff hands and heads to keep the population in ISIS-held rural Daraa under control.
An interactive battle map of the region can be found here.