Life under ISIS: Medieval occupiers force children to donate blood for fighters

January 15, 2015 8:00 AM

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Life under ISIS: Medieval occupiers force children to donate blood for fighters

For Syrians still stuck in the once-thriving city of Raqqa, life under the thumb of the black-clad Islamic State thugs who patrol the caliphate’s unofficial capital has become a bleak tableau of misery and deprivation.

The 2,300-year-old city on the bank of the Euphrates has been ruled by Greeks, Romans, Bedouins and Ottomans, but the Islamist marauders who currently hold power have plunged it into an era of medieval darkness, where children are forced to donate blood and death sentences are meted out in the mosqu...

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