The Conduct of the Islamic State

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The Conduct of the Islamic State

The death of an American hostage

A statement attributed to the Islamic State claimed that Kayla Jean Mueller, an American woman abducted by ISIS, was killed in the Jordanian bombing on February 6, 2015. The statement included photos of buildings where Mueller was allegedly staying at the time of the Jordanian airstrike.A Jordanian spokesman claimed that the statement is part of ISIS’s “criminal propaganda”. The US government initially announced that it had no proof that Mueller was killed, but later the White House confirmed that she was not alive. However, it is not clear when Ms. Mueller was killed and under what circumstances.

Kayla Mueller was a 26-year-old American woman who worked for a humanitarian organization in Syria. According to media reports, she came to Syria via Turkey to help the Syrian refugees. She was abducted from a hospital in Aleppo in August 2013, while caring for the wounded. ISIS reportedly demanded USD 6.6 million in return for her release, but did not get it. It was reported that she was the last American woman held by ISIS. The White House announced that there was at least one more US citizen being held hostage in the Middle East (Haaretz daily and AP, February 11, 2015).

Brutal application of Sharia law by ISIS

On February 7, 2015, a Twitter account affiliated with ISIS posted a video on YouTube showing the execution of three people accused of abducting a Muslim and stealing his money.

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The three were crucified after being killed (Twitter account affiliated with ISIS, February 7, 2015).

On February 7, 2015, a Twitter account affiliated with ISIS posted a video showing the morality police (Al-Hesbah) stopping a truck carrying alcohol. They claimed that the shipment was intended for areas controlled by the Kurdish forces. The morality police smashed the bottles of alcohol and set them on fire (Twitter account of a news agency affiliated with ISIS, February 7, 2015).

Islamic education for girls in Al-Raqqah

On February 4, 2015, a Twitter account affiliated with ISIS announced the opening of a center for Islamic law studies for girls, under the auspices of the ISIS education office in the Al-Raqqah province. The institution is apparently attended by girls who have graduated from high school (Twitter account affiliated with ISIS, February 4, 2015). ISIS’s interest in light helicopters

On February 2, 2015, a Twitter account affiliated with ISIS published an urgent call to engineers working in industries in Iraq, Syria and Egypt, to send plans for the Islamic State (this is an implicit reference to building or assembling light helicopters, since a photo of a light helicopter appeared alongside the call) (Twitter account affiliated with ISIS, February 2, 2015).

 

Written by: The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC)