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Donnerstag, 29. Januar 2015

Sarah Birke: How ISIS Rules

"The leaders have constructed a hierarchical, disciplined organization. According to Abu Hamza, a Syrian defector from the group's intelligence services whom I talked to in southern Turkey this fall, at the top is some group of twenty men, who have made a division between
ISIS's military and civilian arms. Specific leaders are responsible for ISIS's military and security forces; there are civilian ministries run by ministers, although they appear not to have physical central locations. Each Syrian province that ISIS controls, Abu Hamza told me, has an emir with military and civilian deputies; they oversee organizing the local administration. The group has set up new courts, local police forces, and an extensive economic administration, while taking over the existing education, health, telecom, and electricity systems (with some utilities still run by the Syrian government)."