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The bureaucracy of Isis

Mosul is liberated and Islamic State in retreat. Now, residents face a new problem: who deserves to be punished?

By Samira Shackle   February 2018

In their tent in Khazir camp, about 40km east of Mosul, Khadija Muhammad Ismail and Fathaya Ibrahim Huadar are waiting for news. They haven’t heard from the man to whom they are both married in over a month. Their husband had got in with the wrong crowd.

“We cried and begged him not to do it,” says Khadija. Fathaya interrupts: “He believed in Islamic State, and said ‘if I don’t join I will go to hell and not to heaven. This is for God.’…

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