Syrian Rebels Ban Women from Wearing Pants, Force People into Mosques

No freedom to see here. Just Islam. This is life under the strongest fighting force in the Syrian rebellion. A force that also happens to be aligned with Al Qaeda.

In a small town in Syria’s east, Islamist militants have taken unclothed mannequins they see as sexually enticing out of the shops.

Members of the al-Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s Syria affiliate, have also prevented women from wearing trousers, preferring that they adopt the shapeless head-to-toe black veil.

The town of 54,000 on the Euphrates river offers a snapshot of what life could be like if Islamist rebels take control of significant areas of Syria as President Bashar al-Assad loses further ground.

Insurgents with long Sunni-Muslim-style beards patrol the streets enforcing a strict interpretation of Islam. Alcohol is removed from shops. Daily religious teaching is provided for Mayadin’s children, who get free loaves of bread if they attend.

One young boy who attends these classes told Reuters that pupils are taught about praying, the role of women, the place of polygamy in marriage and jihad against “Assad’s Alawite regime.”

It almost seems as if the Jihadists of the Al Nusra Front hate women more than they hate Assad. But that’s Islam for you.

Their militants, bolstered by veteran Iraqis who battled U.S. forces, fought alongside rebel units from the Free Syrian Army, an umbrella group of rebels ranging from those who say they are fighting for democracy to hardline Islamists, to take Mayadin.

Isn’t it great how Obama successfully wrapped up that conflict in Iraq and then Libya. If he wraps up Afghanistan half as well, we may have another September 11 before his term is up.

Al-Nusra have been shrewd. They took control of the nearby al-Ward oil and gas field and also went straight for the grain silos. They control the resources, which gives them power.

There is little bread and water, no telephone or Internet services and schools have closed. People eat weeds from the Euphrates and some will make the journey to Deir al-Zor to buy food, risking arrest or death as they cross enemy lines.

Liberal residents try to continue life as normal but are feeling the day-to-day effects of strict Islamist rule. Many stocked up on Arak, a grape-based liquor, when they heard that al-Nusra fighters were closing down the shops. A bottle of Arak can now be bought in Mayadin for five times Damascus’ prices but the transaction must be done in secret.

Al-Nusra fighters present a threat to those who want democracy in Syria. Instead, they envision a caliphate and a return to the lifestyle of the 7th century. Shops are forcibly closed at prayer times and people are rounded up in the streets five times daily to go to mosques.

Just think, if Obama doesn’t intervene in Syria soon, these people might actually lose the war.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Here's the thing – with all the carnage going on in Syria – and in many Islamic hot spots – westerners try to split hairs, parsing this one from that one. However, this is definitely a (western) fool's errand, especially when one understands the region and its jihadi players – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/31/islamists-wha

    Depressingly the truth.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • JacksonPearson

      But, but, but didn't Obama just say he wanted the U.S. military to intercede in Syria to stop the violence? I wonder if his proposal include aiding, or stopping al Qaeda's Talibanization?

  • EarlyBird

    Obama gets credit for NOT arming and supporing Syrian rebels like McCain and the howling moonbats on this site wanted him to do. (Or, Danny, do you want the US to now join sides with Assad to help massacre his people, just to keep a lid on the Islamists? Make up your mind.) Obama knew it was stupid to get into another sand trap and arm and support rebels we know nothing about.

    Point goes to Obama.

    Obama wrapped up Iraq as successfully as it could be wrapped up, after Bush destroyed that country and blundered through 6 years, turning it into a den of battle hardened Islamists, strengthening Iran, and nearly bankrupting the US in the process. Obama got us the hell out of there working the very same plan Bush and Iraq government agreed to.

    Point goes to Obama.

    Obama finally put the US' attention back on the Taliban and Al Queda in Afghanistan, damaging AQ very badly, and over the howls of Paksitan has been launching relentless drone war in Pakistan against our enemies. And he got bin Laden.

    Point and match goes to Obama.

    • JacksonPearson

      Dunce hat and points lost goes to ObamaBots like you…
      Is your hero even an Article II legal president? Sheriff Joe Arpaio's evidence against him says NO!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Obama hasn't armed and supported them yet. If they clearly begin losing, then just as in Libya there is a high risk of him intervening when Qatar tells him to.

      Obama blew Iraq and he's surrendering to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

      Al Qaeda and Islamist Jihadists have spread across North Africa thanks to him. And the Brotherhood has taken over Egypt.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Obama gets credit for NOT arming and supporing Syrian rebels like McCain and the howling moonbats on this site wanted him to do. (Or, Danny, do you want the US to now join sides with Assad to help massacre his people, just to keep a lid on the Islamists? Make up your mind.) Obama knew it was stupid to get into another sand trap and arm and support rebels we know nothing about. Point goes to Obama."

      Barack "Leading from Behind" 0'Bama is such a loser that people like you can only point to his indecisiveness to paint even worse scenarios that he "wisely avoided."

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Obama wrapped up Iraq as successfully as it could be wrapped up…"

      Just move the goal posts until your boy wins.

      "…after Bush destroyed that country and blundered through 6 years, turning it into a den of battle hardened Islamists, strengthening Iran, and nearly bankrupting the US in the process. Obama got us the hell out of there working the very same plan Bush and Iraq government agreed to. Point goes to Obama."

      Iraq, once run by a secular tyrant who still found it beneficial to support jihad, needed to be contained. If we had not had the leftist uprising against the war, we would have remained unified in our resolve to get the job done. A president can't do it on his own when 5th columnists have infiltrated the opposition party. I guess Bush should have rooted out leftist traitors before going to war in Iraq.

      In any case, now we have Iraq cooperating with Iran in running international terror schemes. Point to 0'Bama for achieving Islamist objectives.

      "…after Bush destroyed that country and blundered through 6 years, turning it into a den of battle hardened Islamists,"

      The Islamists have been around since long ago. Bush didn't destroy what needed destroying because of leftist rebellion in the USA and Europe. If a backseat driver is a distraction, imagine a bunch of leftist liars constantly parading around working in favor of our mortal enemy. That includes you.

      "Obama finally put the US' attention back on the Taliban and Al Queda in Afghanistan, damaging AQ very badly,"

      Holy cow, it's like you just work for the Democratic Party. Just repeat what you read on moveon.org and we'll keep laughing at you.

      "…and over the howls of Paksitan has been launching relentless drone war in Pakistan against our enemies."

      Pure play acting.

      "And he got bin Laden."

      No, I got bin Laden. They got him on my watch.

      "Point and match goes to Obama."

      He has scored a lot of points for the Islamists, but the match is far from over.

  • rodger the dodger

    Some ‘senior figure’ from the Syrian ‘opposition’ – whatever that means – said yesterday, when pressed, that yes, they would be able up control the fanatical element of the opposition when the war is over.

    Oh, how I laughed. Good luck with that one, mate…

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Some 'senior figure' from the Syrian 'opposition' – whatever that means – said yesterday, when pressed, that yes, they would be able up control the fanatical element of the opposition when the war is over. Oh, how I laughed."

      They're not very good liars, but when you have so many delusional fools who want to hear this BS, they encounter very little resistance in the Western media.

      "Good luck with that one, mate…"

      He's probably one of the Islamists too, and thus a liar.

  • med

    The genocide is continue and the world is silent. Ander the name of Islam turkey is collecting men for al nosra fighters they liked with al Qaeda only for killing Kurd peoples, and the fake excuses is that PYD fighters liked with pkk and that is not true. Killing any one reported on all media but Kurds not its hidden if reported there will be an excuses for killing .

  • med

    There was only peace in Kurdish aria in side Syria but they didn’t want that they turn there guns to peaceful people in favour of turkey. There is no pkk in side Syria .