Mosul set to become Caliphate’s Capital

Now fighters from the IS group have tightened their control over the city’s entrances and exits and are extracting fees from trucks carrying goods and fuel over the “borders”. As an example, one merchant, Ali al-Hamadani, says his truck filled with tomatoes was only able to cross the city’s eastern border after its driver paid US$200.

“Islamic customs” are now levied on all goods being imported and exported, al-Hamadani confirmed to NIQASH. This includes cylinders of gas. “We now charge US$10 for each cylinder,” he said, “which doubles the price in effect”.

It has also been confirmed that businessmen working for the IS group are importing fuel from Iran and Turkey and selling it on the black market for US$1.50 per litre, three times the original price.

And fighters from the IS group have also been taking money out of Mosul’s banks – in particular the Mesopotamia and Hadba banks in the central city. Eye witnesses report masked drivers transporting cash from the two banks, under extremely tight security.

Most likely this is being used to pay the IS fighters’ salaries. Each fighter is paid a salary of US$65 per month, with married fighters getting an extra US$25 per month for each child they support.

Recently what is best described as the IS group’s Hisbah patrol has also become active in the city. Hisbah is all about doing everything as God commanded, doing what is considered good and forbidding what is considered wrong according to religious doctrine. Members of the Hisbah patrol have gone into local coffee shops and told the patrons that smoking will no longer be permitted there. They have also burned stocks of tobacco. They have also been into local clothing stores and told the owners that they will no longer be able to sell tight fitting clothing, whether for men or women. And they have also banned the public sale of women’s lingerie.

Members of this patrol roam the markets of Mosul and keep an eye on everyone coming and going.

Two days ago one of the Hisbah patrol members stopped a young man and his new bride in Mosul’s well known Sarjakhana market. In a low voice he told the husband to tell his new wife to wear decent clothing; she had too much make up on and her clothing was too tight, he said.

The young man blushed. Embarrassed he took his wife’s hand and left the market. “We will leave Mosul and we will never return as long as these people are present,” he was overheard saying to his wife as they hurried away.

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