Inside Islamic State's new stronghold in Libya: 'Isil beheaded my friend for witchcraft - he did acupuncture'
Residents of Islamic State's new 'caliphate' in Libya describe their terror of 'sorcery' trials
... Haaji Mohammed can barely bring himself to watch the Isil video playing on his mobile phone. The film was made just last month – yet the horrific scenes it shows could be from 500 years ago.
Kneeling before a masked executioner are two men in orange jumpsuits, charged under a statute that drags even the medieval barbarity of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to new depths. The pair are accused of “sorcery”, and just as in witchcraft trials of old, justice is swift, brutal and dispensed to the sound of a baying mob.
As the executioner beheads them with a four-foot scimitar, a crowd of men and boys scream “Allahu Akhbar”, jostling each other for a closer look.
... That Isil’s self-appointed morality police can be as careless as they are callous
Many of the city’s young ex-revolutionaries are now struck with a sense of despair, wondering why their reward for toppling one of the world’s most feared dictators is merely to face another psychopathic force in the form of Isil.
“Blood has become like smoke,” said “Ahmed”, 23, puffing on a joint and slugging from a bottle of Chivas Regal one night. “I used to be upset when I saw people killed, now it means nothing.”
... these Isil people are even fiercer,” said Mr Mohammed’s nephew Osama, who at one point was burying five comrades a day, including one of Mr Mohammed’s sons. “We have never seen anything like it.”
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