ISIL consolidates its grip on Raqqa

Armed group continue to govern Raqqa despite repeated air strikes by the US-led coalition and the Syrian regime.

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is consolidating its grip over the city of Raqqa, despite repeated air strikes aimed at driving out the group.

    The capital of ISIL’s self-declared caliphate has seen recent airstrikes by the US-led coalition and the Syrian regime have little impact on its operations and, in turn, its popularity with residents soar. 

    In an exclusive report, Al Jazeera looks at how, with an austere interpretation of Islam, the group continues to govern the city in a manner similar to other governments.

    Osama Bin Javaid reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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