“If you follow ISIS’ laws and keep your head down, no one will bother you,” Raqqa resident Raqqawi said.
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BEIRUT: It's called Heaven Square, but after ISIS started using the roundabout in Raqqa for gruesome public executions it earned a new name: Hell Square.Activists were among ISIS' first targets in Raqqa, but Raqqawi and the group's members have continued to work, providing a rare window into life in one of the bastions of the takfiri group.says Abu Abdul Rahman al-Shami, the head of Raqqa's hospital, in an ISIS-produced video about life in the city.For the thousands of foreign fighters who have flocked to ISIS-held territory, there are special perks in Raqqa, an occasional source of tension with Syrian residents who say they are treated as inferior.A French ISIS fighter known as Abu Salman al-Fransi recently extolled the virtues of life in the group's territory in a video posted online. He said he was born to a Christian family but chose to convert to Islam and join ISIS in Syria along with his wife.
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