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Hardline Al-Qaeda faction committing appalling atrocities in Syria to enforce Islamic law: Amnesty International

National Post | News

An Al-Qaeda faction in Syria is committing appalling atrocities in areas under its control, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday that urged the group to end its “reign of abuse.”

Amnesty called on Turkey and the Gulf States to cut off the supply of arms and money to the hardline group, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), which holds key parts of northern Syria.

As it has captured territory, the ISIS has brutally imposed its militant version of Islamic law on Syrians — abducting, torturing and killing locals for everything from drinking alcohol to opposing Islamist rule.

“After years in which they were prey to the brutality of the al-Assad regime, the people of al-Raqqa and Aleppo are now suffering under a new form of tyranny imposed on them by ISIS,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s Middle East director.

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