Mosul set to become Caliphate’s Capital

As analysts at the Long War Journal, which reports on extremist activities and security operations against them, pointed out: “The [IS] group's caliphate declaration has been controversial within jihadist circles. A common critique has been that followers cannot and should not pledge their allegiance to a ruler they haven't even seen. In an era in which images and video are easily disseminated and broadcast, this critique carried some weight. The Islamic State's leader was rarely heard from and never seen. Only a few confirmed photos of Baghdadi existed prior to the newly-released video. But Baghdadi and the Islamic State have now answered that criticism by posting a significant video of its leader delivering a sermon with a relatively calm and assured delivery.”

Evidence of the IS group’s ongoing foundation of their state is obvious in Mosul, particularly looking at the cars with the logo, Islamic Police, that have started driving around the city. This came after the group established a number of Islamic courts.

One of the first locals to be trialled by the IS group’s Islamic judiciary was Younis Hamid, the owner of a generator who had been selling electricity to houses around his. He ended up in the IS’ court after complaints were filed against him with the Islamic Police.

Five hours after his “arrest”, Hamid was able to return home. His family celebrated with a party, during which his mother insisted on opening his shirt and inspecting him for signs that of torture. Rumours have been going around Mosul that the IS group fighters torture those they consider guilty of crimes. These rumours cannot be confirmed. Still, locals believe that they will soon start to see public floggings on their streets.

Apart from setting up its own administration, the IS group has also tried to right economic wrongs. Mosul has always been a hub for its financial affairs and a significant source of the militant group’s funding.

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