The story about virtue and vice patrols roaming the Aleppo countryside enforcing strict Islamic rule hasn't been widely reported by the MSM.
The first page of search results, for virtue and vice patrols, only yielded one MSM report and that came from USA Today.
So in an effort to educate and inform the American public about what is allegedly going on in Syria, we bring you this story.
In May, USA Today reported that virtue and vice squads are patrolling Aleppo enforcing strict Islamic rule.
They said: "Radical Syrian opposition groups now in control of Aleppo and much of its surroundings are forming increasing numbers of religious police units.
(They) enforce a strict form of Islamic rule, such as banning alcohol sales and making prayer compulsory." Their report goes on to say that these religious patrols are closing down stores that violate beliefs based on Sharia. These units are also traveling around Aleppo reminding men to refrain from shaving and calling Muslims to prayer.
They also enforce women to wear the abaya, a long black garment that comes with a veil. Women are not being allowed to drive, and some have allegedly been executed for sexual misconduct. (We stress that all these reports are alleged and can't be confirmed as to their authenticity.)
The same story, about virtue and vice patrols, was reported at the end of 2012 by Beirut-based Al-Akhbar. Some in the oppressed areas say the strict adherence to Islamic rule is being enforced by foreign extremists and is not the view of the rebel forces. One regime opponent, Safa Maarawi:
"Condemned the religious police, but nevertheless blamed the regime for “repressing the secularists and building thousands of mosques. Its first response to the revolution was to throw secularists in jail, thus opening the way for the Islamists, which it then exploited to scare people.”
The developments that are happening in the Aleppo area has sparked a lot of anger from Syrian women. Mais al-Omar declared: “This revolution for freedom is driving us further into the arms of the Syrian army and the regime’s approach to social and individual freedoms.”
Under Assad's regime women have been able to fly planes, become judges and even join the military.
It's not known for sure whether the FSA rebels or the foreign Islamic extremists are the ones enforcing the oppression on the Aleppo population. According to reports the FSA took control of Aleppo. An article filed by Reuters said: "Rebels fill Aleppo power vacuum, some disapprove."
The rebels are arresting people loyal to the Assad regime. There are reports of these people being tortured and brutality beaten, most are usually executed. The report from Reuters clearly shows that rebels are using Sharia law to judge some of those detained.
Logic would dictate that since the rebels have control of Aleppo they are the ones enforcing Sharia on the citizens of that city. However, the rebels are blaming extremist factions like the al-Nusra Front.
According to the rebels it's the foreign fighters who are committing atrocities against the civilian population in Syria and enforcing Sharia. No one can say for certain who is imposing strict Islamic law on Aleppo.
It really doesn't matter who is imposing Sharia on these people, there have been many atrocities committed against the Syrian population. It's also known that anyone who has a different faith then the extremists are being executed. They are killing Christians, Catholics and Alawites.
Please remember to say a prayer for the people of Syria and also pray that God changes the hearts of those committing atrocities against Christians, Catholics and Alawites.
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