How Islamist Rebels in Syria Are Ruling a Fallen Provincial Capital

Raqqa city was once firmly in the hands of the Assad regime, but it fell within a week to a rebel assault. Now, the city’s new Islamist rulers must figure out how hard they should push their ideology

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A man runs as smoke rises from buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar Assad in Raqqa province, Syria, on March 12, 2013

Raqqa city was once dubbed the “hotel of the revolution” because it became home to hundreds of thousands of people displaced from fighting elsewhere who sought refuge in a place considered firmly in the grip of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Earlier this month, however, the city in north central Syria, which was late to the antigovernment revolt, became known for something else: it is the first and only provincial capital that Assad’s regime has completely lost — with the rebels taking control of it within the span of a week.

The regime will likely lose the entire province within days. There are only three remaining regime outposts in this vast eastern tribal area that extends all the way to the Turkish border: there’s Division 17 a few kilometers outside the city; the military airport at Tabqa about 40 km to 50 km away; and Brigade 93 in Ain Issa, some 70 km away. All three positions are under heavy rebel attack and government counterattack.

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But in Raqqa city, some 100 km from the Turkish border crossing of Tal Abyad, the scars of war are faint. Warplanes still rumble in the air, mainly to aid the men besieged in Division 17, but despite reports from earlier in the month, air strikes and artillery shelling in the city are now rare.

The dusty streets are swept clean, unlike so many other areas in Syria where the state’s power has collapsed along with its services and festering piles of fly-ridden garbage crowd the streets. The power outages are brief in most parts of the city although there have been days-long blackouts in areas around some damaged government buildings. The mobile-phone service has ceased since a few days ago, but the landlines still work. There are fresh fruit and meat in the markets (albeit at inflated prices), and most of the stores along the main thoroughfare of Tal Abyad Street are open, selling everything from carpets and women’s clothing to hardware and leather shoes. There are, however, long lines of people outside the bakeries, which only operate at night because Assad’s warplanes generally don’t fly in the dark. (In other parts of Syria, people waiting outside bakeries during the day have been the victims of air strikes.)

Perhaps what is most striking is that only a handful of the sand-colored flat-roofed three- and four-story buildings in this city have been damaged by fighting — or its aftermath. Even some of Assad’s portraits remain in place. There’s one on the outer facade of the office of the Agricultural Worker’s Union, another on the civil-engineering faculty as well as a two-starred Syrian regime flag flitting above the three-story women’s hospital. (The secularist rebels have a three-starred flag; the Islamists have variations of a black banner with Koranic script.)

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According to the locals, the battle here was brief. It started in earnest at dawn on March 2. Regime forces positioned in the five checkpoints ringing Raqqa city either retreated into the city or were overrun within a day or so. Several security outposts inside the city were also abandoned, the men inside fleeing to either the military or the political-security branches, the two sites that saw fierce clashes that nonetheless only lasted three days. The governor and the local head of the ruling Baath Party were both detained. By March 7, Raqqa city had fallen to the rebels.

So far, the city has avoided the disorder of a postregime security vacuum. Very few homes were looted. The banks and the money in them have been secured, while government and security offices were not ransacked and the paperwork within them was not burned. Instead the files have been collected and are being studied. The city’s two churches in this majority Sunni Muslim area are untouched and protected, although the townsfolk speak of Alawites being killed just for being Assad’s coreligionists.

So why and how did this happen in Raqqa? Put simply, it’s because the regime had diluted its forces here, deploying them to other parts of the country, and because the forces aligned against Assad were mainly Islamists, largely outside the broad umbrella of the more secular, loosely organized and in some cases poorly disciplined Free Syrian Army (FSA).

The offensive was spearheaded by Jabhat al-Nusra (which the U.S. considers a terrorist group with ties to al-Qaeda), the Salafi Ahrar al-Sham brigade and Jabhat al-Wahda al-Tahrir al-Islamiya (a grouping of some two dozen battalions) — all non-FSA groups who prefer the term mujahedin (holy warriors) to revolutionaries, the label many FSA rebels use to describe themselves.

A special unit of Ahrar al-Sham called Liwa Omana al-Raqqa (the Brigade of Security for Raqqa) was tasked with securing government installations after they fell, protecting public and private property and maintaining services to the city. The unit was specifically formed with this aim, according to its commander, Abu Tayf, a history graduate who used to work in real estate. “We had sleeper cells inside the city for a long time. When we entered the city, they rose and implemented the plan,” he says. “The project was devised a long time ago.”

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There are also spray-painted messages around the city warning against theft. “A thief’s hand will be cut. Signed Jabhat al-Nusra” is plastered in many places, including outside Real Estate Bank, which like the other banks in the city, is guarded by al-Nusra.

Several commanders of various Islamist units said they prevented some FSA units from entering the city, either during or after the battle, because they feared they might be more interested in looting than fighting. In at least one instance, an FSA unit was turned away by force, after an exchange of gunfire. “We did not forbid the Free Army, we forbade people who we suspected wanted to cause trouble in the city,” says Dr. Samer, “emir” of Jabhat al-Wahda al-Tahrir al-Islamiya who formerly went by the nom de guerre Abu Hakam. “I’m talking about certain individuals or battalions, but we don’t forbid people from jihad.”

Dr. Samer, a 32-year-old physician who was studying to be a surgeon before the rebellion began, cuts an imposing figure in his full military uniform, black boots and black beret. He wears his bushy black beard in the manner of a Salafi (without a mustache) and although he used the Islamist term emir rather than commander to describe himself, he smokes Gauloises Blondes — unlike ultraconservative Muslims in Jabhat al-Nusra who forbid the practice. The doctor appeared in an amateur video posted shortly after the city’s fall. In it, he’s seated on a couch between Raqqa’s governor and the local Baath Party leader, two men who remain in rebel detention. “That was filmed upstairs,” Dr. Samer says, referring to the video.

His unit is now based in the governor’s home, a palatial mansion that could rival any of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s. No less than seven green-hued chandeliers hang from the dining-room ceiling. There’s a sauna and a steam room. The gilded bust of former Syrian President Hafez Assad that once adorned the spacious marble-tiled entrance now sits outside the house’s high black-and-gold metal gate. “Tyrant” is spray-painted in blue across its head. Yet little else seems to have been removed. The china and crystal glassware remains in the cabinets, tapestries still hang from the walls, and furniture remains in its place.

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“The governor will be treated as he deserves,” Dr. Samer says. “He is being interrogated. His positives will be weighed against his negatives, and he will be treated according to Shari‘a.” The doctor would not say if he still has the two regime men, or if they’ve been handed over to Jabhat al-Nusra, which is more likely. However, he says he is prepared to consider a prisoner swap: “We are ready if the regime wants to do something, we will consider it, for the sake of not spilling blood.”

There are other prisoners too. There were at least 140 with the doctor’s unit according to his military spokesman, Abu Abdullah, although 40 were released. The others, who are mainly soldiers and security men, await trial in Shari‘a courts.

That Islamists now run this city is unmistakable. On Thursday, a massive black flag bearing the Islamic shahada (“There is no god but God and Mohammad is His messenger”) was hoisted atop a flagpole in the square in front of the elegant multiarched governorate building, near a fallen bronze statue of Hafez Assad in tribal garb. “Tomorrow will be better” is spray-painted along the statue’s back, but not all of Raqqa’s residents think so. Even those who want an Islamic state — which appears to be a clear majority — are wary of what seems to be Jabhat’s version of it.

The Islamists have maintained order, protected property and set up a Hayaa Shariyaa (Shari‘a Association) to hear court cases and establish religious classes among other duties. They are working to get civil institutions up and running. In one letter dated March 17, Jabhat al-Nusra said it “invites” former civil servants to return to work. It was signed by the group’s emir in Raqqa, “Your brother in Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Saad al-Hadrame.” The groups are also looking at how to secure salaries.

But the Jabhat has distributed other pamphlets too, including one a few days ago that called for replacing the tri-starred revolutionary flag with the Islamist black one: “Yes to choosing that the [black] banner … be the flag of the Syrian revolution and Syria.” It upset a fair number of people, some of whom simply want a civil state. Others feared that it would serve as an excuse for the regime to brand the city’s residents as extremists, or place Raqqa on a list of Islamist targets in Syria that the U.S. is allegedly putting together for potential drone strikes.

At least a few hundred publicly protested against the raising of the black flag in the square outside the governorate, while others complained inside the privacy of their homes. “We all pray, we all say, ‘There is no god but God,’ but I will not raise this flag,” an older man said. “Are they trying to break away from Syria? From the country of Syria? That [black] flag doesn’t represent me,” said another. “This is an insult to people who died for the revolutionary flag,” one young man said.

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Another pamphlet pictorially depicts what is considered appropriate dress for Muslim women. Some of the Muslim women in the city wear jeans, tight shirts and hijabs although most wear abayas out in public. According to the pamphlet, trousers are out, as are wrist-to-ankle abayas (or black cloaks) that come in at the hip, or buttoned-up wrist-to-ankle overcoats that suggest a hip or shoulders. The only form of dress with a green tick beside it is an amorphous cloak of black material and a waist-length headscarf that also completely covers a women’s face. On a recent afternoon, five women passed around the pamphlet, before derisively dismissing it. “I won’t cover my face regardless of what happens!” said one. “This is our clothing,” said another, pointing to her long-sleeved, ankle-length, emerald green dress and lilac headscarf. “What’s wrong with this?”

For their part, the Jabhat and other Islamists say that nothing will be forced, and that they are merely presenting their ideas and offering a choice. “We, in Shari‘a, do not have something called an infidel dress code and a believer’s dress code,” says Sheik Abu Ali, who is at once part of Omana al-Raqqa (Ahrar al-Sham) as well as a Shari‘a official of Jabhat al-Nusra in Raqqa. “Our guide is that a woman should not dress in a way to entice a man.” Regarding whether a woman should cover her face, he says the issue is undecided among religious scholars. “Islam in the Levant was not and will not be anything except a moderate Islam,” the sheik says, adding that Christian women could wear what they want, as long as they do not “entice men.”

“We proselytize and try to raise people’s awareness about Islam, but we will not force anything on anyone. There are a lot of women around here who are in trousers, tight trousers, but all we can do is teach and invite.” Directing his remarks to me, he continues, “You are a woman and you are sitting here with us. As long as you are respectful, there is no problem.”

All of the key mujahedin commanders in the city seem cognizant of the need to avoid antagonizing the local population and know that Raqqa will be a test case in the new Syria. “Raqqa today is under the microscope,” says Abu Tayf. “If civil peace prevails, we will be an example for others to follow, but if we fail people might even turn away from the idea of liberation.”

85 comments
ptombola
ptombola

@revolutionmyass i'm not saying it isn't partly happening but it's often hyped and does not reflect situation on the ground

raygibbs1
raygibbs1

excellent, well balanced reporting . thank you so informative . more 

WhatWindsMeUp
WhatWindsMeUp

%s %s %s In %s, the Rebels Have Begun to Fight Among Themselves (provinces of Raqqa) %sqoW

Mathidiot
Mathidiot

%s %s %s No bias in that headline, could it have been simply: How %s n rebels bring normalcy back to freed city.

Jim123
Jim123

Good work Al Nusra front .... establishing true Justice after 40 years of corrupts and oppressions by Assad family. Any one siding with Assad is making a terrible mistake

LandDestroyer
LandDestroyer

"... although the townsfolk speak of Alawites being killed just for being Assad’s coreligionists." So it's ok because TIMES labels them "Assad coreligionists" as if they joined the Alawite sect because Bashar al Assad? Or is TIMES trying to suggest that its just a rumor that these people are slaughtering wholesale along sectarian lines? And guess what else the "townsfolk speak of?" These barbarians forcing their beliefs on people at gun point, ransacking churches and a litany of other contradicting reports that have been backed by 2 years of evidence in Syria, and decades of evidence elsewhere the US-Saudi disease has spread, completely laying this entire article down to rest as a piece of ham-handed, disgraceful propaganda of the most insulting order.


TIMES thinks you are stupid.

LandDestroyer
LandDestroyer

So let's try to understand this - Al Qaeda - we are told - mass murdered 3,000 Americans on 9/11 and triggered a 10 year global bloodbath, but now they are heroic honorable warriors freeing Syria from tyranny? Read between the lines of this whitewash. Al Nusra took over, they instituted Saudi-perverted versions of "Islamic law," slaughtered Alawites not because they are "Assad's coreligionists" but because they were not Saudi-style extremists.  I highly doubt churches were spared, as these same terrorist mongrels have been documented even by the West's own human rights organizations destroying them EVERYWHERE else al-Nusra has taken over.

"We proselytize and try to raise people’s awareness about Islam, but we will not force anything on anyone" Yeah I really bet he said that - sounds like this WHOLE article was written on a desk in the US State Department. 




JanFearing
JanFearing

Yes, and like the Saudis raise people's awareness by cutting off their heads. This is absurd. Syria was peaceful before all this nonsense - far from perfect but getting better. The few demonstrators wanting more democracy were already getting the reforms they desired. They've had open elections planned for 2014 for a long time! They have a democratically elected parliament. They elections were last summer and the opposition groups got a whopping 3%. The people of Syria DO NOT WANT Sharia or an Islamic fundamentalist state. They WANT to be secular as they have been. We, the United States, have been fully participating in the supporting of groups that are directly linked to al Qaeda and just about every other terrorist group at work in the Middle East. John Kerry said in Qatar that we "expect" there to be processes in place that will ensure that terrorists don't get the "aid" we are sending but he also said that we are don't know what those processes are nor are they required for the rebels to receive our aid.

KasamShaikh
KasamShaikh

%s %s They are Syrian's , don't spread %s about %s by mentioning Islamist. %s %s %s

Basilkabbani
Basilkabbani

@Raniaab Rania. Great article. I hope this moderate attitude with security and peace continues.Could b a good recipe for the rest of Syria?

cusumano800
cusumano800

Never mind the fact they kill alawites simply for being alawites, and never mind the fact they are implementing sharia law, Saudi style, taking the town back to midevil times. This is a terrorist organization...why does the reporter treat them as anything other than what they are? The article would make one believe that the Al Nursa front is the responsible group in the insurgency...they are all foreign fighters...Jihadi, mujahideen....the story line of Assad the "dictator" is starting to wear a little thin. I think we are backing the wrong side here

cusumano800
cusumano800

That's a nice story about terrorists.

cacomodopo
cacomodopo

%s Where you thinking when you got this tattoo? I think not! %s %sjOA

mariyammohammad123
mariyammohammad123

NOTE:   P0RN0GRAPIC BIBLE:

Numbers 31:35-40 "[From the captives of war] 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.......of which the tribute for the LORD was 32 [among them were virginn girls]."

Even though GOD Almighty's share of the 32 virginn girls is metaphoric, meaning that He didn't come down and have sex with them, but if any wants to call Prophet Muhammad a pedophile or womanizer for marrying (not forcing into sexx) a young girl and marrying multiple women throughout his life, then he should not only call his Biblical Prophets as such, but also the GOD of Israel Himself!.

Song of Solomon 8:10 "Dear brothers, I'm a walled-in virgin still, but my breastss are full— And when my lover sees me, he knows he'll soon be satisfied."

She is a virginn with full swelling breastss. When her lover meets her, he will be satisfied from those swelling breastss! Obviously, she is referring to licking, suckking and other p0rnographic things that I can't mention here. Believe me this verse is not talking about them worshiping GOD Almighty together when they meet!! It is clearly and indisputably referring to graphic sexx that involves her swelling breastss and other things such as intercoursee.


Let us look at Song of Songs 4:5 "Your two breastss are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies."

Let us look at Song of Songs 1:13 "My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breastss."

Praising the bed that they had sexx on: Let us look at Song of Songs 1:16 "How handsome you are, my lover! Oh, how charming! And our bed is verdant"

Let us look at Song of Songs 1:2-4 "Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth-- for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens love you! Take me away with you--let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love (i.e., semen) more than wine. How right they are to adore you!" I don't think this would be appropriate for a kid under 18 to read. Also, I don't think it is appropriate to have such open sexxuality in a divine book anyway.

His right arm sexually feeling her body: Let us look at Song of Songs 2:6 "His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me."

Let us look at Song of Songs 3:4 "Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother's house, to the room of the one who conceived me." So in other words, she was not married to him, and when she found him, she took him back to her bed room to have illegal sexx with him? If she were married to him, she wouldn't take him to her "mother's house". She would take him to their house.


Let us look at Song of Songs 3:10 "Its posts he made of silver, its base of gold. Its seat was upholstered with purple, its interior lovingly inlaid by the daughters of Jerusalem." Why does the Bible teach young men to spend all of their time and effort to try to impress all of the girls in their town so they can possibly end in bed with them?

Song of Songs 8:1-3 "If only you were to me like a brother, who was nursed at my mother's breastss! Then, if I found you outside, I would kiss you, and no one would despise me. I would lead you and bring you to my mother's house-- she who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink [i.e., her vaginna's semenn!], the nectar of my pomegranates. His left arm is under my head and his right arm embraces me."

Numbers 31:17-18 New International Version (NIV) 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man

1- Kill everything that "breathes" from humans and animals!


Deuteronomy 20:16

However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.


It is certainly the Bible's principle and foundation to kill all humans and animals from the enemy's side. If one wouldn't call that terrorism, war crimes and mass-murdering, then what else should they call it??


2- Suckkling infants were executed by the tens of thousands:


1 Samuel 15:2-4

2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. 

3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckkling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 

4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.



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NOWARFORISRAEL
NOWARFORISRAEL

%s %s %s %s %s lobby pushing %s regime change to weaken %s!: %si%sr%sNSC

Elka72
Elka72

@SultanAlQassemi Q: does Sharia recognize the role of the man in his 'enticement' or is he utterly passive, a victim?

WBAMBMBH
WBAMBMBH

@ajaltamimi Very good, you noticed what most others overlooked about change of ideology focus\/slant as they learned from prior mistakes

WBAMBMBH
WBAMBMBH

%s %s detected a departure from original OBL AQ brand towards defensive mode by %s JAN brand %sLB8

mariyammohammad123
mariyammohammad123

@ajaltamimi @WBAMBMBHP0RN0GRAPIC BIBLE:

Numbers 31:35-40 "[From the captives of war] 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.......of which the tribute for the LORD was 32 [among them were virginn girls]."

Even though GOD Almighty's share of the 32 virginn girls is metaphoric, meaning that He didn't come down and have sex with them, but if any wants to call Prophet Muhammad a pedophile or womanizer for marrying (not forcing into sexx) a young girl and marrying multiple women throughout his life, then he should not only call his Biblical Prophets as such, but also the GOD of Israel Himself!.

Song of Solomon 8:10 "Dear brothers, I'm a walled-in virgin still, but my breastss are full— And when my lover sees me, he knows he'll soon be satisfied."

She is a virginn with full swelling breastss. When her lover meets her, he will be satisfied from those swelling breastss! Obviously, she is referring to licking, suckking and other p0rnographic things that I can't mention here. Believe me this verse is not talking about them worshiping GOD Almighty together when they meet!! It is clearly and indisputably referring to graphic sexx that involves her swelling breastss and other things such as intercoursee.


Let us look at Song of Songs 4:5 "Your two breastss are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies."

Let us look at Song of Songs 1:13 "My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breastss."

Praising the bed that they had sexx on: Let us look at Song of Songs 1:16 "How handsome you are, my lover! Oh, how charming! And our bed is verdant"

Let us look at Song of Songs 1:2-4 "Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth-- for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens love you! Take me away with you--let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love (i.e., semen) more than wine. How right they are to adore you!" I don't think this would be appropriate for a kid under 18 to read. Also, I don't think it is appropriate to have such open sexxuality in a divine book anyway.

His right arm sexually feeling her body: Let us look at Song of Songs 2:6 "His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me."

Let us look at Song of Songs 3:4 "Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother's house, to the room of the one who conceived me." So in other words, she was not married to him, and when she found him, she took him back to her bed room to have illegal sexx with him? If she were married to him, she wouldn't take him to her "mother's house". She would take him to their house.


Let us look at Song of Songs 3:10 "Its posts he made of silver, its base of gold. Its seat was upholstered with purple, its interior lovingly inlaid by the daughters of Jerusalem." Why does the Bible teach young men to spend all of their time and effort to try to impress all of the girls in their town so they can possibly end in bed with them?

Song of Songs 8:1-3 "If only you were to me like a brother, who was nursed at my mother's breastss! Then, if I found you outside, I would kiss you, and no one would despise me. I would lead you and bring you to my mother's house-- she who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink [i.e., her vaginna's semenn!], the nectar of my pomegranates. His left arm is under my head and his right arm embraces me."

Numbers 31:17-18 New International Version (NIV) 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man

1- Kill everything that "breathes" from humans and animals!


Deuteronomy 20:16

However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.


It is certainly the Bible's principle and foundation to kill all humans and animals from the enemy's side. If one wouldn't call that terrorism, war crimes and mass-murdering, then what else should they call it??


2- Suckkling infants were executed by the tens of thousands:


1 Samuel 15:2-4

2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. 

3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckkling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 

4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah..




mariyammohammad123
mariyammohammad123

@PhillipSmyth @WBAMBMBH @ajaltamimi @ElSaltador

P0RN0GRAPIC BIBLE:

Numbers 31:35-40 "[From the captives of war] 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.......of which the tribute for the LORD was 32 [among them were virginn girls]."

Even though GOD Almighty's share of the 32 virginn girls is metaphoric, meaning that He didn't come down and have sex with them, but if any wants to call Prophet Muhammad a pedophile or womanizer for marrying (not forcing into sexx) a young girl and marrying multiple women throughout his life, then he should not only call his Biblical Prophets as such, but also the GOD of Israel Himself!.

Song of Solomon 8:10 "Dear brothers, I'm a walled-in virgin still, but my breastss are full— And when my lover sees me, he knows he'll soon be satisfied."

She is a virginn with full swelling breastss. When her lover meets her, he will be satisfied from those swelling breastss! Obviously, she is referring to licking, suckking and other p0rnographic things that I can't mention here. Believe me this verse is not talking about them worshiping GOD Almighty together when they meet!! It is clearly and indisputably referring to graphic sexx that involves her swelling breastss and other things such as intercoursee.


Let us look at Song of Songs 4:5 "Your two breastss are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies."

Let us look at Song of Songs 1:13 "My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breastss."

Praising the bed that they had sexx on: Let us look at Song of Songs 1:16 "How handsome you are, my lover! Oh, how charming! And our bed is verdant"

Let us look at Song of Songs 1:2-4 "Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth-- for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens love you! Take me away with you--let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love (i.e., semen) more than wine. How right they are to adore you!" I don't think this would be appropriate for a kid under 18 to read. Also, I don't think it is appropriate to have such open sexxuality in a divine book anyway.

His right arm sexually feeling her body: Let us look at Song of Songs 2:6 "His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me."

Let us look at Song of Songs 3:4 "Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother's house, to the room of the one who conceived me." So in other words, she was not married to him, and when she found him, she took him back to her bed room to have illegal sexx with him? If she were married to him, she wouldn't take him to her "mother's house". She would take him to their house.


Let us look at Song of Songs 3:10 "Its posts he made of silver, its base of gold. Its seat was upholstered with purple, its interior lovingly inlaid by the daughters of Jerusalem." Why does the Bible teach young men to spend all of their time and effort to try to impress all of the girls in their town so they can possibly end in bed with them?

Song of Songs 8:1-3 "If only you were to me like a brother, who was nursed at my mother's breastss! Then, if I found you outside, I would kiss you, and no one would despise me. I would lead you and bring you to my mother's house-- she who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink [i.e., her vaginna's semenn!], the nectar of my pomegranates. His left arm is under my head and his right arm embraces me."

Numbers 31:17-18 New International Version (NIV) 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man

1- Kill everything that "breathes" from humans and animals!


Deuteronomy 20:16

However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.


It is certainly the Bible's principle and foundation to kill all humans and animals from the enemy's side. If one wouldn't call that terrorism, war crimes and mass-murdering, then what else should they call it??


2- Suckkling infants were executed by the tens of thousands:


1 Samuel 15:2-4

2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. 

3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckkling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 

4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.




M_Tamer_
M_Tamer_

@Elka72 @SultanAlQassemi

Well "Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do. (30) And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, their brothers' sons, their sisters' sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed. (31)" Quran  Sura 24

I think that should answer your question.

NYkerinDamascus
NYkerinDamascus

@al_7aleem yeah, bt that's classic JaN. I'm focused on pushback from locals. Glass half empty \/ half full.

al_7aleem
al_7aleem

@NYkerinDamascus Pamphlets asking people to abandon Revo flag? Expelling FSA? Force installing emir? Forced sharia with no constitution?