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1/ Today is 4th anniversary of Yazidi genocide by #ISIS. Thousands of Yazidis killed &enslaved.

In Syria I found #ISISfiles, some on treatment of women by ISIS.

Here my story for @akhbar

It's in Arabic but in thread I'll explain in English
2/ The #ISISfiles about women can be divided into 2 categories.

a. Restrictive laws mainly meant to control local female population in ISIS parts of Syria.

b. Rulings regarding behavior of ISIS-female members. What work can ISIS-women do? Can ISIS-women fight? Etc.

3/ ISIS files show court cases whereby (male) ISIS “spies” accuse Syrian females of having attended "mixed" weddings (males and females attended wedding). Also women were accused of wearing make-up.

4/ Also I found #ISISfiles with rulings showing local women weren’t allowed to travel between different ISIS-provinces without permission. Females need special ISIS paper to travel. Paper must say that the ISIS office has checked her identity &that the office knows who she is.
5/ Among the #ISISfiles I found in Syria, there are also documents with rulings that male doctors aren't allowed to treat female patients & male doctors can’t assist females giving birth.

6/ Also acc to #ISISfiles, ISIS banned talking between males &females who weren’t family. Staying alone with girl or talking to girl over phone was illegal.

This all was considered "harassment" &punishable by law. If u were caught for 3rd time: 15 days prison +90 lashes. @akhbar
7/ In order to control Syrian women and apply all these restrictive laws, ISIS had to employ their own ISIS-women. Because men weren’t allowed to be near women, ISIS used its female members to control and, if need be, arrest local females.

8/ For instance, according to the #ISISfiles I found in Syria, ISIS allowed its female members to get jobs in the security and educational sectors.

ISIS established special female units, specialized in arresting local Syrian women who were accused of having broken ISIS-laws.
9/ According to the #ISISfiles, ISIS females worked as security guards so they could smell other women to check if they had used drugs.

Also these ISIS-female guards had to watch local women &keep an eye on them in schools, shops...

10/ The #ISISfiles show that ISIS allowed its women to work as teachers in ISIS run schools.

Also, ISIS women had right to go to court &file for divorce. I found in Syria court documents of Um Ishaq, an ISIS woman from Holland, who divorced her Tunisian husband (ISIS fighter)
11/ It's significant that foreign ISIS women were allowed to divorce their ISIS-husbands.

Many ISIS females who returned to West claim that they were fully controlled by their husbands &that females had no say whatsoever.

This is clearly not true
12/ The #ISISfiles tell us that ISIS did not view jihad as an obligation for women in general.

According to the #ISISfiles I found in Syria, only in specific & urgent cases women have the right to carry the gun and fight. For example, when the emir specifically orders it.
13/ The #ISISfiles mention specific conditions under which ISIS women can carry weapons & fight:

a/ If the enemy attacks town and enters the houses.
b/ In case the emir orders so.
c/ If a place is besieged and there is “nafir” - a general call to arms.

14/ Acc to #ISISfiles, it's better when females dont fight because:

a/ Women are physically weak
b/ If women scream in battle, it will shake morale of army.
c/ to prevent her clothes getting torn so that private parts r visible.
d/ It can be seen as sign of weakness by enemy.
15/ The #ISISfiles I found apply to females ISIS considers “people of the book”.

ISIS views Yazidis as “devil worshippers” & treated them in most horrible way. Killing, raping, slavery…genocide. Nobody can imagine what Yazidis went/going through.

May justice come quickly.

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Sep 17, 2018
1/ Much cultural heritage was destroyed in Mid-East. Look at Palmyra, Mosul...

Luckily ancient Greek city of Cyrene in east Libya was spared.

We took a drone to Cyrene +horse tracks of Benghazi +ruins of Susa.

Fly with me above a Libya u don't often see
2/ Cyrene (in the town of Shahat) is just a stunning place.

Luckily ISIS/Qaeda never reached it but were kept near to Derna, around 60 km to the east. Nothing in Cyrene was vandalized.

The tribe of Shahhat protects this historic site.

3/ These days Cyrene is open to the public.

Not a lot of foreign visitors due to Libya's problems but many local people visit it.

I wouldn't say it was crowded but I saw around 100 visitors in one afternoon.

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Sep 11, 2018
1/ Six yrs after US consulate attack in Benghazi, I got NEW FOOTAGE.

In Benghazi I identified 17 extremists seen near/in consulate during attack.

6 out of 17 are in vid.

Witnesses say: Most of 17 killed/fled city. 1 lives in Berlin. 1 might be in Sweden
2/ As you know by now, my tv report for @akhbar is in Arabic.

But please do follow this thread where I will tweet out the relevant details in English.

3/ Ten days ago I left Benghazi where I spent 3 weeks.

Ansar al-Sharia, the terrorist group that attacked US consulate on 11 Sept 2012 is now dismantled, defeated by Libyan army.

Although it happened 6 yrs ago, I used my time in #Benghazi to re-investigate the attack.

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Sep 5, 2018
As world focused on ISIS in Raqqa& Mosul, another city was destroyed: Benghazi.

After ISIS &AlQaeda took city in 2014, Libyan army fought extremists &defeated them end 2017.

Price of victory high.

Our drone footage shows what's left of center Benghazi

2/ I have to tell you that when I recently arrived in Benghazi, I was really shocked by the destruction of the city.

Much worse than I thought it was.

As you can see in our drone video, center is fully destroyed during fighting between extremists & army.

Very painful to see.
3/ I had tears in my eyes seeing Benghazi like this. I can't even start to explain to you how the people feel.

This is for example the now destroyed court building.

This was the center of 2011 uprising against Ghadaffi. It was blown up by Al-Qaeda group Ansar al Sharia.
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Sep 4, 2018
1/ I spent 3 weeks in east #Libya.

We were 1st foreign journalists to enter Derna after Libyan army began operation to clear city from ISIS, AlQaeda etc.

Army now controls large parts of Derna but extremists still in old city.

We took drone with us.

2/ Happy to be safe after 3 weeks in east Libya. Difficult area to reach.

I met great people in Benghazi. Thank u all for keeping me safe &helping me get great stories.

I'll update this Derna-thread in English later today. But 1st let me call my mom that I'm okay.

3/ As East Libya is largely forgotten by int media, a bit of context:

Benghazi was center of Libyan uprising in 2011. After Gaddafi’s fall, extremists took advantage of the chaos.

From 2012-2014 Al-Qaeda +ISIS linked groups started reign of terror in Benghazi +Derna.

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Aug 8, 2018
1/ After recent gains by Syrian regime, all eyes now on Idlib.

Via intermediary I got in touch with 3 European jihadists in Idlib. I sent my questions+fixer to Idlib.

Jihadists expect an attack &say they'll fight till end.

My story, English subtitles.👇
2/ It's difficult to reach foreign jihadists in Idlib. And even more difficult to record interviews with them.

The 3 foreign fighters in Idlib I got in touch with via intermediary are from Holland (2) &from Belgium (1).

They've been in Syria 5+ yrs.


3/ The foreign jihadists in Idlib answered my questions in Dutch &Flemish. They also know Arabic.

Their (jihadi) names are: Abu Mohammad alHollandi, Abu Zubair alHolandi & Abu Abdul Rahman alBelgiki.

Here is same story but with Arabic subtitles. @akhbar
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I recently visited #Hungary and went horseback riding in a Vincent van Gogh painting. Wonderful.
On the pic I was actually riding a Lipizzaner, which are famous horses in central Europe with a long tradition in former Habsburg empire.

Next time I hope to visit Spanish Riding school in Vienna.
This was actually my view from top of the horse. How beautiful.
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