Are these the “moderates” Obama is going to have the U.S. military train?
Via ABC News:
On April 20, members of Deir Ezzor’s Al Sharia Law Authority, a controlling Islamic party that uses force to implement the conservative law enforced by extremist groups who control Deir Ezzor city and swaths of the east, stormed an all-female wedding celebration at a private home.
Seventeen women were detained for several hours. The team of men who held them gave the reason as listening to loud music and not wearing Islamic dress.
“While we were having my cousin’s wedding party in her family’s house, a man entered our room – which had been marked for female guests only – cursing and swearing and hitting,” says Miriam, a 31-year-old housewife. “He accused us of being lewd because we were listening to music and not wearing the Islamic attire.”
The incident, she says, “is new to us. We are used to holding our parties and weddings in our own way – a way that does not even contradict the Sharia law these Islamists are demanding we uphold.”
With the near total absence of the Syrian government from most of Deir Ezzor city, the so-called “Sharia boards” have begun to enforce their own rules, using violence where necessary to force civilians, particularly women, to abide by them.
Activists say Abu al-Baraa al-Tunisi, the fighter suspected of bursting in on Mariam’s cousin’s wedding party, is with Jabhat al-Nusra, and is one of the al-Qaida-affiliated group’s representatives on Deir Ezzor’s Sharia board.
Though the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has imposed harsh restrictions on mobility and attire on women in neighboring Raqqa, the women present at the wedding are still baffled by al-Tunisi’s requests.