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1/ ISIS did so many crazy things that hardly anything surprises the outside world any more.

But docs I found at regional ISIS-court in Tabqa, #Syria show Syrians suffered from this daily ISIS extremism.

I made top 10 of oddest court cases.

Here my 2nd story on #ISISfiles. 👇
2/ As most of you noticed, my 2nd story on the #ISISfiles is in Arabic. But in this thread I'll tweet some points in English to explain the report a bit. Do check. @akhbar
3/ First, the #ISISfiles I found show that most ISIS judges in #Tabqa area were non-Syrians:

- Algerian Abu Maram al-Jazaeri
- Tunisian Abu Obeida al-Tunisi
- Saudi Abu al Abbas al-Jazrawi
- Tunisian Abu Hudaifa al-Tunisi
- Egyptian Abu Ismail al-Masri
4/ Not all ISIS-court docs I found are super shocking but I think they're significant.

Until now ISIS crimes often told by witnesses, very important of course.

But docs are something else: Names judges, accusers, witnesses, dates, tel numbers. And info on ISIS structure.
5/ Let me now paraphrase the top 10 of odd ISIS court cases that I highlighted in my report.

Number 10 is a truly bold verdict:

ISIS judge convicts Syrian man of insulting chief al-Baghdadi. Punishment: 80 lashes and shaving off hair of the accused.

6/ Number 9 of ISIS verdicts:

Judge Muhammad al-Tamimi issues order to chop off right hand of a Syrian man accused of stealing a scooter. "After cutting off the hand, the arm must be put in boiling oil to block the veins so accused doesn't bleed to death."

7/ Before I continue thread on #ISISfiles, pls help me report this account --> @52umih8XIOvUXca.

This ISIS supporter is threatening me: "I will enslave u if I see u."

This is what female journalists experience when reporting on ISIS. Endless threats of rape &enslavement.
8/ Number 8:

ISIS religious police (hisba) had strict ruling on separating young boys from older men in especially playgrounds, swimming pools and gyms. This to prevent homosexual behavior.

#ISISfiles @akhbar
9/ Another document on ISIS rulings: "Beating is allowed in ISIS prisons but within limits - only on the lower part of the feet. Beating of prisoners is only allowed under supervision of the head of the prison or the cleric."

10/ Document of another ruling I found, this time by ISIS hisba (religious police):

"Hisba noticed medication in pharmacies contain porn pics. Each pharmacy owner must write statement that they'll hide pics of women &other immoral pics on medication the moment they receive it."
11/ Don't be surprised when ISIS blows up a shrine, grave or mosque. Their policy:

"Blow up shrines when u can. If there is a mosque close to a grave, then deal as follows:

a. If mosque was there first, only destroy grave.
b. If grave was there first, then destroy mosque too"
12/ Ruling I found among #ISISfiles shows ISIS has back up of all its documents.

Feb 2015: "Due to bombing on HQ of brothers by crusader coalition" ISIS issued ruling ordering "courts to create electronic archive by copying court cases on hard disks &give it to head of court."
13/ Another interesting document that I mentioned in my report.

Court case of a Syrian man who dared to stand up against an ISIS fighter. According to #ISISfiles, he was sentenced to 200 lashes. And forced to ride on donkey through town of AlMansoura to be humiliated by ISIS.
14/ Here another bizarre #ISISfile I found in Syria:

Syrian man was accused in ISIS court of blasphemy. Acc to a witness the accused had spoken blasphemes words IN HIS SLEEP. Punishment for blasphemy is death. Even ISIS judge thought this was going too far. Accused was released.
15/ I also found this #ISISfile: The group is looking for an executioner.

ISIS writes: "Abu Obeida al Shemmari, head of judicial police, is to carry out punishments including cutting hands &legs of thieves &corrupt people. By this ruling he becomes the swordsman of Tabqa court."
16/ This is all regarding my 2nd of 5 reports about #ISISfiles I found in Syria.

I found many more ISIS court cases. Obviously I can't publish or describe them all. But files are important because many show names of judges, accused, witnesses, etc.

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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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Aug 3, 2018
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.

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