After being liberated from ISIS almost a year ago, Al-Hadath TV uncovers secret documents left by ISIS in Raqqa. The documents reveal the cruelty that ISIS forced the residents to live under.
A number of documents have been uncovered from the rubble left behind by ISIS in Raqqa, formerly regarded as the terrorist group’s de facto capital in Syria before the city’s liberation by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in October 2017.
Some of the documents show legal decisions made by ISIS judges with regards to punishments dished out against those who infringed the group’s excessively repressive laws or those who showed an iota of antagonism towards the group’s political aims. Punishments ranged from the amputation of limbs to public executions, as proved in the writing of these documents. Those who received the punishments were not given any chance to defend themselves or oppose the judgments.
Other documents attest to the privileged status granted to ISIS members in a variety of fields, at the expense of the population the group ruled over. Medical bills were found in the areas surrounding the national hospital, where ISIS militants took shelter during their final days in Raqqa. These bills show that ISIS militants had priority access to medical care and medication. They also show the casualties and injuries sustained by the ISIS militants during the clashes with the SDF.
The discovery of these official documents contributes to the general picture of ISIS rule as they can be supplemented with the multitude of primary eyewitness accounts given by locals who lived under the terrorist group. Raqqa became a hub of criminal ISIS activity. For instance, dozens of Yazidi women were brought to the city and sold as sex slaves and held in captivity in dire circumstances. In addition, the city’s Naim Roundabout became infamous as a site where public executions were held in a gruesome manner as an attempt to dissuade the local population from resisting ISIS rule and the group’s warped view of justice and governance.