BASHIQA, IRAQ — “They blind-folded me and drove me to an Islamic State judge,” 23-year-old Qusay told me as a crowd of displaced civilians gathered around at an IDP camp near Mosul eager to share their stories of life under extremist rule.
“They beat me with rubber pipes, threatening to kill me. The judge briefly investigated my case, I couldn’t tell whether he was from Mosul or where he was from. He spoke classical Arabic, and I was forced to sit with my back to him so I never even saw his face.”
Qusay’s offense was trying to flee the caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his jihadist followers, who after they seized Iraq’s second largest city two years ago threw Mosul back a few centuries to barbaric medieval-style punishments. Women were stoned to death for adultery. Dissenters and suspected spies beheaded. Locals guilty of minor infractions of the jihadist “moral code” endured public beatings, others endured weeks in jails and reeducation classes.
SOURCE: VOA News Online