HASAN – The Islamic State raises support among the people of Mosul

The Islamic State raises support among the people of MosulThe group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has changed its name for the third time now. After taking over Mosul, they changed their name to the Islamic State.

The Mongols, under the leadership of Hulagu Khan, carried out a massacre the like of which had never been witnessed before in Baghdad in 1258 at the time, one Mongolian soldier had a Baghdadi kneel down in preparation to chop off his head. But the Mongolian soldier suddenly realized that he had left his sword somewhere nearby and told the Baghdadi not to move until he came back with the sword.

The Baghdadi, paralyzed by fear, remained still until the soldier returned. A deep fear has spread across many Iraqis for perhaps the first time since the Mongolians laid waste to Baghdad.

In the meantime though, the deep fear spread by ISIL has wound up bringing stability and security in Mosul, as the city has essentially bowed down in full and unquestioning acknowledgement of the members of ID as their current masters. And now ISIL, which won over the city of Mosul with military power and scare tactics, is busy trying to win over the hearts of the city’s residents.

In doing so, it is following a specific strategy to this end to raise support for its efforts at the lowest level of society. Since this has been happening, ISIL has managed to actually bring about stability in what is Iraq’s least stable city, Mosul.

In fact, the security checkpoints at the entrances to the city’s neighborhoods and districts have been lifted for the first time since the 2003 US invasion.Robbery has come to an end.

The looting of shops and businesses has not happened. All of the weapons that the locals stole from the military have been gathered up.

There have been no attempts to hurt or kill police or members of the army.As a result, people make their way through Mosul freely now for the first time in years.

Life has also become cheaper At the start of July, ISIL placed a ban on cigarettes and narghile pipes in Mosul on the basis that they are harmful to people’s health. Despite this, ban though, ISIL allowed people to use cigarettes and narghile until the city supply ran out.

In fact, the only reason local Mosul youths have risen up in protest against ISIL is over the narghile ban. Despite the protests, ISIL held back from using violence against the youth of Mosul.

In carrying out step-by-step bans on these aspects of life, ISIL says it is following in the footsteps of the Prophet Mohammed in Medina, noting that alcohol was not banned immediately but only after the local people had been won over Of course, there are problematic areas of daily life in Mosul that ISIL has not been able to solve and to which it has brought some restrictions. July salaries were lacking this year for the people of Mosul, some 70 percent of whom are government clerks working in or for Baghdad.

And after ISIL entered Mosul, both benzene and kerosene shortages began to occur In fact, the price of one liter of benzene rose to 2,500 dinar ($2). Prior to the arrival of ISIL, it had been 450 dinar ISIL has begun to import kerosene, benzene, and liquefied petroleum gas from Syria At the same time, ISIL has announced that it will be distributing the liquefied petroleum gas in Syria’s Deyr Ez Zor, Hasake, Humus, Halep and other areas under its control.

In Mosul, ISIL has also gotten rid of all tombs and statues, as their Salafist ideology calls for At the same time, the freedom of local women has been restricted. And since the date of July 6, pressures have increased against locals who are of Shiite roots.

At the same time, those who support ISIL in Mosul have begun to take over control of the city from the Baathists who used to run it Mosul’s security and leadership in general have switched over to the directorship of ISIL cells that had previously been inactive. Sunni Turkmen are now also present in the leadership of Mosul.

For example, the director of electricity in Mosul is now a Sunni Turkmen from Tal Afar As for the Shiite and Alevi-BektaIi Turkmen, who composed around half of Tal Afar before ISIL took control of the region, they have entirely disappeared from the area, fleeing instead to places like Erbil, Duhok, Zaho, Kerbela, Necef and Baghdad. In fact, a large proportion of the ISIL ranks who helped take over Tal Afar are in fact former al-Qaeda Sunni Turkmen.

They have come for revenge. What occurred was a clash in which Turkmen killed other Turkmen.

Tal Afar is now entirely Sunni. As for the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITC), it has watched the growing ISIL control over the region in a state of “active passivity.

” Ankara does not wish to see the ITC arming itself and does not wish to see it enter into armed conflict with either ISIL or the Kurds.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman