Under the black flag of al-Qaeda, the Syrian city ruled by gangs of extremists

Telegraph:

 The black flag of al-Qaeda flies high over Raqqa’s main square in front of the smart new governor’s palace, its former occupant last seen in their prison. Their fighters, clad also in black, patrol the streets, or set up positions behind sandbags.

Fighters from Jabhat al-Nusrah, the al-Qaeda affiliated group, are said to control Raqqa's streets
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Fighters from Jabhat al-Nusrah, the al-Qaeda affiliated group, are said to control Raqqa’s streets Photo: David Rose

Richard Spencer
By , and David Rose

7:00AM BST 12 May 2013

The Islamists smashed up one of the two shops that sold alcohol. That much was pretty inevitable, the locals agreed. The other off-licence had already closed, as had the casino on the outskirts of town.

They brought in a radical cleric from Egypt to preach Friday prayers, and set up a sharia court in the city’s new sports centre with the support of other brigades. They had their fiefdom — an entire city to run only 60 miles from Nato’S border.

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