Islamic State issues IDs to facilitate militants’ movement

The new ID card issued by the Islamic State

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – After dazzling the entire world with its semi-Hollywood team filming barbaric operations, the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) surprised observers with the issuance of identity cards with three-dimensional chip and electronic SIMs to prevent fraud.

The IS newly issued Identity cards, of which ARA News received a photo, are prepared specifically for the group’s local and foreign members, according to an IS militant statement to ARA News.

The source pointed out that the IDs are designed to facilitate passage for local and foreign members between Mosul (in Iraq) and Raqqa (in Syria) and other areas under the control of the radical group.

“This step is to raise the insurgents’ morale, especially following the losses in several areas and amid intensified U.S.-led international coalition airstrikes against cities and towns held by the group in both Syria and Iraq,” a civil rights activist told ARA News in Mosul on the condition of anonymity.

“This could suggest to the group’s members that their leadership is still strong and heading towards the institutionalization of the state through the issuance of such ID cards,” he added. “They want to convince their militants that they’re capable of overcoming the current challenges.” 

The Islamic State group had already decided to issue a new currency that reflects its identity as a “sovereign state with an independent economy”, according to the group’s propaganda.

IS-linked media sources reported that the new currency will be dealt with as an alternative for local and foreign currencies in both Syria and Iraq under the name of dinar; however, the prevailing currency is still the dollar.


Reporting by: Jiwan Saman and Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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