Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently
I have been following and sympathising with these guys for sometime now and their courage and selfless commitment to exposing the “real” ISIS and their brutal treatment of the Raqqa people – has both informed me and filled me with unlimited respect for these brave young men.
Sadly they have paid a heavy price for their brave actions , but without them Raqqa would not only be being slaughtered in silence – but in secret & behind closed doors. One day when justice catches up with IS & their deluded followers ( and that day will come) thanks to these guys we will have a record of their crimes and abuse of Raqqa and its people and the IS madmen will pay for their crimes against humanity in this life or the next.
Because Karma is watching and Karma always collects its debts
Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RSS or RBSS) is a citizen journalism effort exposing human rights abuses by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as ISIL or DAESH) forces occupying the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. ISIL uses Raqqa as its de facto capital. RSS works to counter the suggestion that citizens of Raqqa have welcomed the presence of ISIL/DAESH.
It has become one of the few reliable sources of information from the city.
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The group has published first hand accounts, videos and photos of life and war crimes in Raqqa through its Facebook page and website, other social media, and via interviews and furnishing material to media organizations worldwide. As a result, RSS has been cited by international media outlets fairly extensively, and major news outlets have done feature stories on the group. Since no foreign or domestic journalists can operate in Raqqa, the efforts of RSS provide unique insights. The work is dangerous, with ISIL militants searching for, torturing and in at least one case killing, RSS members.
According to an interview with Vice News, there were originally 17 members, who started out opposing the Syrian Government. When ISIL moved in to the city in April 2014 the group started the posting information about ISIL. One member who had fled Raqqa said
“After we launched the campaign and posted a lot of crucifixions and executions on the news and Facebook and Twitter, they made three Friday sermons about us, saying we are infidels and we’re against Allah and “we’ll catch them and we’ll execute them.” “We are 12 inside the city and four outside. Before the 12 inside the city were posting on Twitter and posting on Facebook, and talking to journalists, but it’s very dangerous. So we decided to use a “secret room,” and the people in the city post all the photos, the news, and everything, and the four that are out, we are posting it on the internet, Twitter, and Facebook, and talking to journalists. We hide behind fake names and we don’t trust anyone, so we don’t get captured.”
Inside Raqqa: The Raqqa Resistance
Several members of RSS have been executed inside Raqqa. In May 2014 Al-Moutaz Bellah Ibrahim was kidnapped by ISIL and murdered. In July 2015, ISIL released a video showing two men being strung up on trees and shot. Though ISIL claimed the two murdered men had worked with RBSS, one of the founders of RBSS denied they were members. Another friend of the group was similarly executed.
Hamoud al-Mousa, the father of one of the group’s founders, was killed in ISIL custody. On October 30, 2015, RSS activist Ibrahim Abdul Qadir (age 20) and his friend Fares Hamadi were found stabbed and beheaded in Urfa, Turkey. It was the first acknowledged assassination outside of ISIL controlled territory.
Abdalaziz Alhamza acts as a spokesperson. At least 5 members of the group live outside Syria.
On December 16, 2015 masked men murdered RSS member Ahmad Mohammed al-Mousa in the rebel held city of Idlib, Syria.
Naji Jerf, the group’s film director and editor-in-chief of the independent monthly Hentah, was killed in Gaziantep, Turkey with a silenced pistol in broad daylight outside a media building in late December 2015. ISIL claimed responsibility on Twitter.
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When ISIL banned home internet in Raqqah and forced internet users into cafes where they could be monitored RBSS started releasing unfiltered information about life under ISIL rule.
RBSS members broke the story of the failed US special forces raid to save journalist James Foley and the other hostages.
Soon after the release of a video showing the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot, Muath Al-Kasasbeh, RBSS released Google earth photos they cross referenced to landmarks pinpointing the location of the execution in the southern part of Raqqa near the river. They also reported that videos of the execution were played for the public on large screens throughout the city of Raqqa.
RBSS detailed that the effects of Russian airstrikes in and around Raqqa were targeting mainly civilian targets, and having little effect on ISIL.
RBSS also relayed reports from the ground of illegal white phosphorus munitions used in airstrikes.
Awards and praise
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The group was awarded the International Press Freedom Award in 2015, from the Committee to Protect Journalists. The citation said in part “While RBSS was formed to document the atrocities of [ISIL], its members have also reported critically on the Assad government’s bombings, other rebel forces, and civilian casualties caused by U.S.-led airstrikes”.
Kyle Orton writing for The Independent, said “The risks are extreme. Their bravery quite extraordinary” and wrote “Where [ISIL] presented a functioning, just government, RBSS showed the scarcity and brutality. Not a few foreign fighters … have gone to wage “five-star jihad” … only to be disillusioned… that [ISIL] is reportedly having to kill them to stop them leaving. RBSS’s work, therefore, offers the chance of preventing people inclined toward [ISIL’s] ideology actually going to Syria
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