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ISIL in Raqqa
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
03 Apr 2014

One of the streets in Raqqa that has a billboard of ISIL

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ISIL in Raqqa
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
03 Apr 2014

The clock square in Al Raqqa, written on the bottom "The province of Al Raqqa"

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ISIL in Raqqa
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

Closed shops in Al Raqqa at prayer time and whoever disobeys gets punished

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ISIL in Raqqa
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

La Ilah ella Allah flag rising above the city in Tl Al Abyad street after ISIL took over.

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ISIL in Raqqa
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

One of the streets that lead to the city where the " La Ilah Ella Allah" flag is visible.

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ISIL in Raqqa
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

One of the streets that lead to the city where the " La Ilah Ella Allah" flag is visible.

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Niqab in Raqqa Under the Control of ISIL
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

Women wearing the niqab, or full face veil, in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has imposed strict interpretation of sharia law since it took control of Raqqa. Women are now obliged to wear a full face veil, the abaya and cover their hands with gloves. They are no longer allowed in public without a male guardian. They are also prohibited from walking late at night.

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Niqab in Raqqa Under the Control of ISIL
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

Women wearing the niqab, or full face veil, in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has imposed strict interpretation of sharia law since it took control of Raqqa. Women are now obliged to wear a full face veil, the abaya and cover their hands with gloves. They are no longer allowed in public without a male guardian. They are also prohibited from walking late at night.

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ISIL in Raqqa
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

A closed shop on prayer time after the law of stopping all life activities on the time of prayer has been enforced.

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ISIL in Raqqa
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

A young man forced to close his shop on prayer time and head to the mosque or he will be punished according to the laws of ISIL

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ISIL in Raqqa
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

Many things have changed after the control of ISIL, such as covering the manikin faces in shops.

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Niqab in Raqqa Under the Control of ISIL
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

Women wearing the niqab, or full face veil, in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has imposed strict interpretation of sharia law since it took control of Raqqa. Women are now obliged to wear a full face veil, the abaya and cover their hands with gloves. They are no longer allowed in public without a male guardian. They are also prohibited from walking late at night.

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ISIL in Raqqa
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

A young man forced to close his shop on prayer time and head to the mosque or he will be punished according to the laws of ISIL

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ISIL in Raqqa
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

Closed shops in Al Raqqa at prayer time and whoever disobeys gets punished

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ISIL Burn Cigarettes and Alcohol in R...
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

April 2, 2014 - Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and The Levant (ISIL) set hundreds of packs of cigarette and bottles of liquor on fire in a main square of Raqqa in northern Syria after declaring it illegal to smoke or sell cigarettes and alcohol in the city. ISIL is also enforcing other of what it claims are Sharia laws including forcing shops to close at times of prayer and requiring women to be fully covered in a Burqa and Abaya. ISIL has controlled Raqqa for at least six months.

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Burning Cigarettes in Raqqa, Syria
By TTM Contributor 3
02 Apr 2014

April 2, 2014 - Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and The Levant (ISIL) set hundreds of packs of cigarette and bottles of liquor on fire in a main square of Raqqa in northern Syria after declaring it illegal to smoke or sell cigarettes and alcohol in the city. ISIL is also enforcing other of what it claims are Sharia laws including forcing shops to close at times of prayer and requiring women to be fully covered in a Burqa and Abaya. ISIL has controlled Raqqa for at least six months.

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Niqab in Raqqa Under the Control of ISIL
Syria, Al Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
31 Mar 2014

Women wearing the niqab, or full face veil, in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has imposed strict interpretation of sharia law since it took control of Raqqa. Women are now obliged to wear a full face veil, the abaya and cover their hands with gloves. They are no longer allowed in public without a male guardian. They are also prohibited from walking late at night.

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Execution by ISIL in Raqqa, Syria
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 3
22 Mar 2014

March 22, 2014

Raqqa, Syria

Video shows the body of a man hung in the style of a crucifixion after he was executed in Raqqa, Syria.

Local residents said the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and The Levant (ISIL) accused the man of killing someone three months ago, and executed him in a public square.

According to activists ISIL has been executing people in public on a weekly basis, since taking control of Raqqa in mid-January 2014. Most of those executed are said to be FSA fighters, who were captured during clashes with ISIL.

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The Undercover Woman in the 'Islamic ...
Raqqa
By Ahmad Mogharbel
15 Mar 2014

Spring 2014
Raqqa, Syria

This interview is a step-by-step account of the making of rare and exclusive footage of life inside Raqqa. In September 2014, her story went viral and captured the attention of the world.

Raghad, the courageous and defiant young activist woman who secretly shot the footage, explains how and why she risked certain death to capture the images of her hometown. She describes in detail her fears and ultimately her determination to tell the story of her city now under the secretive rule of the Islamic State.

Transcript:

00:00 – 00:50
I was following the news about Raqqa on the Internet and Facebook pages. In January [2014], after New Year’s Eve, all Facebook pages were talking about a war – Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham were fighting against the Islamic State. These problems lasted for about a week and people were banned from leaving their homes during that period. At the end, the Islamic State controlled Raqqa province completely. The day this happened, I felt that I should return to Raqqa.
00:51 – 01:17

Buying a niqab was a personal initiative. I knew a little bit how to hold a headscarf. I had never tried to wear [the niqab], not even jokingly. But I put it on and left the house.
Since I didn’t how to wear the niqab before, I went to a store and asked the owner to train me to put it on.

01:18 – 01:38
[On my way to Raqqa] I was thinking that I was about to see with my bare eyes everything that I had heard about. And because media and filming in Raqqa were banned and journalists were not allowed TO WORK there, anyone who is caught with a camera would definitely be executed.
01:40 – 02:03
It was very dangerous but I had this positive energy and I wanted to take advantage of it at the right time, especially that during the liberation period, before the Islamic State took over Raqqa, there was nothing that I could do, while everyone was trying to do something.
02:08 – 03:05
I bought a camera, a small one… I bought the camera and I started thinking of something to film.
But I was also hearing about the crime of working as a journalist – about what would happen to journalists. They do not want the true picture to come out; they just want people outside of Raqqa to be terrorized by the stories they hear but not to be able to see anything. I brought my small purse and I made a hole to precisely fit the camera’s lens and I decorated it with some accessories to hide it – and then I headed to Raqqa.
03:06 – 03:26 As soon as I left the house, the first thing that caught my eye was a signboard that advertised for niqab. I cannot remember the exact phrase; it was something like “We salute you, woman wearing the niqab.”
03:27 – 03:50 I kept walking -- the first thing that shocked me was the preaching office [it used to be a church and] the cross was demolished, the flag of the Islamic State was raised over it and the outside wall was painted black. I knew then that [the building] was turned into something called a “preaching office.”
03:51 – 04:21
I walked by the headquarters, and then I headed to the checkpoint and filmed it. This checkpoint was very dangerous – for a bike to pass through it had to be ridden by an Islamic State member. I guess God helped me and made it possible that they didn’t see me. For me, it was the most dangerous spot in the world. It was like the Bermuda triangle – whoever walks by would probably not make home. But thank God, I was able to get away.
04:22 – 05:26
I went back home, and the next day I went to an Internet café. My only purpose was to use the Internet in order to talk with some people.
The minute I sat in front of a computer, a mujahida – a female Islamic State member – headed towards me. She was Tunisian. I could not understand half of what she said; what I was able to understand was: “Would it be OK if you left the computer?” There wasn’t any other available computer. [The women] were in a group of about four or five.
I asked her: “Why?” I had only been sitting there for 10 minutes. She said: “Because I am a mujahida, I cannot leave my house at anytime and I am busy. You could leave the computer for me for about half an hour or an hour and then I will give it back to you.” I said: “Okay.”
I left the computer for her and went back home, then I brought the camera and returned.
05:30 – 06:11
I couldn’t understand what [the women] were saying. I tried to chat with them. I talked to the same woman who asked me to give her the computer. I asked her where she was from, she said: “God knows. I am from the country of the Muslims.” They are strange.
I talked to another woman, but she did not answer me. I addressed her so many times, but she did not talk to me at all. They have a problem COMMUNICATING with civilians. They are very careful. I really don’t know why. Time after time, I tried to talk to them and ask them why they came to Raqqa but they didn’t give me answer.
06:12 – 06:52
A French woman was the only one who answered my questions at the Internet café. I asked her: “Where are you from?” She answered: “I am from France.” So I asked: “Are you originally French?” She said: “Yes, I am from France and I lived in France.” I asked her: “What are you doing here?” She said: “I came here to fight Bashar [al-Assad] and the Free Syrian Army.” She went on, saying: “In a couple of days my 13-year-old daughter will get married and then I will be ready to blow myself up. Pray for me to become a martyr.”
06:53- 07:38
When I finished the first day of filming I went home to see the footage. There were things that I didn’t feel when I was on the ground. As I told you, I was somewhat nervous. I was concentrating on filming and getting a clear footage.
When I went back home, whenever I saw a scene in the video I would remember something specific. I saw fear. People’s looks showed they were lost. Nobody knew what was happening. What they knew was that there were decisions being made that they had to implement – they didn’t know where they were heading. Fear was terrible. Children, adults, and people in the MARKET, people queuing in front of bakeries – people everywhere were scared.
07:39 – 08:12
Girls wear a veil if they were of the age of 12 or above.
[At school], there were classrooms for girls and other ones for boys. Even during the recess… the playground would be available for 10 minutes for boys and another 10 minutes for girls. Art and music classes were also cancelled, and the [Islamic State] canceled the most important thing [the students] were working on, which is the capoeira project. It was over. 08:13 – 09:14
I once saw two Islamic State members – a woman, and someone who appeared to be her husband. Of course, she was a carrying a weapon.
Only women who were members of armed battalions could carry weapons.
I looked at them from a distance and saw a little child who was less than one year old. Both his mother and father were carrying weapons. When I saw this, I thought to myself: “What will this child become when he grows up?”
They went into a park and I followed them. They sat down, and I sat across from them – the minute I sat down I saw a religious police car inside the park. In the car, there was a man a woman – a member of the women’s battalion.
09:15- 10:09
I was still sitting, and the man started talking to me from a distance. I swear to God that I was wearing the niqab according to the strict Islamic manner. I was also wearing the abaya [a black cloak].
He said: “Do you think that the way you look is appropriate for going out?”
I walked up to him and the camera was still on. I told said to him: “I didn’t understand what you’re saying.” He said: “Do you think that the way you look is appropriate for going out?”
I said: “I am sorry, maybe I didn’t PAY attention to the pay I looked.”… I did not try to argue with him out of fear of the unknown – of what could happen to me – I was also scared because I was carrying a camera… I had heard about what happened to the woman who argued [with the religious police about the niqab]… He was Saudi.

10:10 – 10:35
The second time I had more courage. I knew how to move around, and where [Islamic State] members were concentrated. I also had in mind what was missing to have a complete picture [of the situation]. I had a “WORK plan,” as the saying goes. I had things in mind that I wanted to do.

10:36 – 11:52

Sometimes when I would go into a shop, I would find a mujahid [Islamic State fighter] with his wife… In the last phase of filming – this was about 20 days after I went [to Raqqa] – the presence of [Islamic State fighters] on the streets changed significantly. It was extremely heavy.
Maybe you’ve noticed in the previous videos; I would walk in the streets, and could barely see one or two of them. As I told you, I had to go to their headquarters to record their presence in the city. In the last phase, their presence was very noticeable. They moved in columns -- groups of about 10,15 or 20 people – and would go into shops. Fighters with their wives and children would go into stores to shop. They would buy things and PAY in cash, straight away, without any bargaining.
For example, I once went into a small mall – it is more like a supermarket – I found some of them filling up their shopping carts with every kind of delicious food.
11:53 – 12:18
About their salaries, I know that an immigrant fighter would get paid 1,200 US dollars [a month]. If his wife would be paid the same amount, or a bit less, they could afford an extremely comfortable life. Immigrant fighters have high salaries. Syrian fighters are paid 400 dollars. I’m certain of this INFORMATION.
12:19 – 12:37
The reason I was able to film freely is because I am a girl. Had they stared at me, they could have seen [the lens]. If someone wanted to be wily he could have discovered the camera; it was not very hidden.
12:40 – 13:25
Once, I was walking and a woman bumped her hand into me. The purse and camera fell from me.
I was often terrified of being caught. But I only felt scared when I walked by members of the women’s battalion. They would not search me, but they could inspect me more [than men would] – they could look more at my appearance and what I was carrying.
As I told you, if there was a battalion of male fighters or security members on the street, then I would not be very scared, to be honest. Sometimes I would walk closely behind them to film them and even try to record their voices.
13:26 – 14:10
I want to convey the [real] picture about the situation. I want to offer something to my raped city. Raqqa was violated and I still had not seen anything on the ground. I wanted to see with my own eyes and film [life in Raqqa]. When I would later sit on my own, I wanted to see the psychological impact [of what the Islamic Sate was doing].
While I was walking in the street and filming, I was scared. I could not concentrate 100 percent on what was happening around me. When I went back home and saw the footage, I was extremely depressed.

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ISIL Executes Three Men - Raqqa, Syria
Raqqa, Syria
By TTM Contributor 29
30 Jan 2014

Raqqa, Syria

January, 2014

This video was recorded by a former member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in late January, 2014.

It shows ISIL members executing three men in view of a crowd in a public square in Raqqa, northern Syria.

Before the executions one of the ISIL members shouts that the men are accused of betraying Islam and spying for the (Assad) regime.

"In order to follow the Shari'a, we have to execute these men because they are betrayers of Islam. They are spies of the regime and they have betrayed us. Our brothers in ISIL were able catch these men who we will execute in the name of God."

After the killings the bodies of the three men are thrown into a canyon in an area known as Houtat Suluk, northeast of Raqqa.

Local residents allege that more than 400 bodies have been dumped in this same location since ISIL took control of areas of northeastern Syria in mid January. This claim is unconfirmed.

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Broken Syria 2
By Steven Wassenaar
27 Jan 2014

Khaleel Ebrahim, 23, is an FSA fighter (Liwa Al-Tawhid brigade). He came to Turkey to rest after weeks of fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). He fought against ISIS in Jarabulus and Aleppo. His brigade, Liwa al-Tawhid, is one of most famous in Aleppo and counts 12,000 fighters and organizes its own medical services (Tawhid Medical Foundation) in Turkey.

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ISIS: Co-opting Tribes in Deir ez-Zur...
Deir ez-Zur, Syria
By ttm contributor 31
07 Jan 2014

First Meeting Between ISIS Official and Clan Leaders in al-Zir Village

NOTE: The video clips in this collection were obtained by Transterra Media from a source who received it from a member of ISIS who defected from the group. According to the source the videos were recorded in the town of Zir and other locations in Syria between January and June, 2014.

Transterra Media cannot independently verify the accuracy of this content. The appearance of this video on the Transterra Media (TTM) website does not in any way constitute endorsement by TTM of any claims or statements made in the video.

This is a video of what appears to be a meeting between a Saudi ISIS official identified as Abu Abdullah Daigham and the heads of clans in the village of al-Zir in Deir al-Zor province. The meeting appears to have taken place in the house of a clan leader.

(View transcript here: https://docs.google.com/a/transterramedia.com/document/d/1vdyvOjz8jNhstbzbEPxvb5DWsEFKxnKTldI6Ufx5Ntc/edit)

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ISIS in Syria: An Inside Look (Part 2)
Syria
By ttm contributor 31
07 Jan 2014

NOTE: The video clips in this collection were obtained by Transterra Media from a source who received it from a member of ISIS who defected from the group. According to the source the videos were recorded in the town of Zir and other locations in Syria between January and June, 2014.
Transterra Media cannot independently verify the accuracy of this content. The appearance of this video on the Transterra Media (TTM) website does not in any way constitute endorsement by TTM of any claims or statements made in the video.

This video shows ISIS fighters engaged in different activities in unnamed locations in Syria.
00:00 - 01:21 (NO AUDIO) Fighters aiming a rifle through a hole in wall.
01:21 - 02:53 Fighters believed to be from Saudi Arabia appear joking and play wrestling inside a house.
02:54 - 04:31 Fighter aiming a rifle through a hole in wall.

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ISIS in Syria: An Inside Look (Part 1)
Syria
By ttm contributor 31
07 Jan 2014

NOTE: The video clips in this collection were obtained by Transterra Media from a source who received it from a member of ISIS who defected from the group. According to the source the videos were recorded in the town of Zir and other locations in Syria between January and June, 2014.
Transterra Media cannot independently verify the accuracy of this content. The appearance of this video on the Transterra Media (TTM) website does not in any way constitute endorsement by TTM of any claims or statements made in the video.

This video shows ISIS fighters carrying out different activities in Deir ez-Zur province, Syria.
Fighters appear shooting, rigging a car with explosives, crossing a river to fight government forces in the Deir ez-Zur air base, and calling on others to join them in jihad.

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ISIS: Co-opting Tribes in Deir ez-Zur...
Deir ez-Zur, Syria
By ttm contributor 31
06 Jan 2014

Second Meeting Between ISIS Official and Clan Leaders in al-Zir Village

NOTE: The video clips in this collection were obtained by Transterra Media from a source who received it from a member of ISIS who defected from the group. According to the source the videos were recorded in the town of Zir and other locations in Syria between January and June, 2014.

Transterra Media cannot independently verify the accuracy of this content. The appearance of this video on the Transterra Media (TTM) website does not in any way constitute endorsement by TTM of any claims or statements made in the video.

This is a video of what appears to be a meeting between a Saudi ISIS official identified as Abu Abdullah Daigham and the heads of clans in the village of al-Zir in Deir al-Zor province. The meetings appears to have taken place in a local mosque.

(View transcript here: https://transterramedia.com/media/54113)

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YPG and FSA Fighters in Tal Abiyad 14
Tal Abiyad
By hosheen issa
20 Jun 2013

Kurdish YPG fighters at a position on the edge of Tal Abiyad.