January 30, 2013
Good News: Al Qaeda Effectively Rules in Syrian Towns
For those of you interested in what's going on in Syria, this is a must read from al-Reuters. Yes, that al-Reuters. Sometimes having terrorists in your employ pays dividends:
In a small town in Syria's east, Islamist militants have taken unclothed mannequins they see as sexually enticing out of the shops.Syria: just like Iraq, only no Americans around to blame.
Members of the al-Nusra Front, al Qaeda's Syria affiliate, have also prevented women from wearing trousers, preferring that they adopt the shapeless head-to-toe black veil.
The town of 54,000 on the Euphrates river offers a snapshot of what life could be like if Islamist rebels take control of significant areas of Syria as President Bashar al-Assad loses further ground....
Insurgents with long Sunni-Muslim-style beards patrol the streets enforcing a strict interpretation of Islam. Alcohol is removed from shops. Daily religious teaching is provided for Mayadin's children, who get free loaves of bread if they attend.
One young boy who attends these classes told Reuters that pupils are taught about praying, the role of women, the place of polygamy in marriage and jihad against "Assad's Alawite regime."