Urfa, Turkey – After the announcement of the Islamic Caliphate by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Sunday, the group’s militants called on the residents of Syria’s Raqqa to declare allegiance to the group’s head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“The announcement of the Caliphate by ISIL was accompanied with celebration by the group’s supports in Raqqa,” a local activist (who preferred anonymity) told ARA News on Monday.
“The group (ISIL) called on the residents (of Raqqa) to declare allegiance to the newly announced Caliphate and its Caliph al-Baghdadi, threatening that any anti-ISIL movements in the province will be mercilessly punished.”
Meanwhile, ISIL militants launched on Sunday evening a campaign of arrests against activists and civilians, including women, in Raqqa province, local sources told ARA News.
The ISIL group also kidnapped 11 youth at one of its military checkpoints (al-Miqas barrier) near the eastern entrance of Raqqa city on charges of cooperating with the pro-regime National Defense Army.
Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar
Source: ARA News
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