Syrians celebrate victory over ISIS by burning burqas and shaving beards
As last remnants of the Islamic State (ISIS) are being forced out of Syria, several thousands of Syrians gathered in town squares across the country to celebrate their victory. Women were seen burning burqas, a sign of oppression in the Islamic world, and men were encouraged to shave their beards.
ISIS Terrorists had imposed the strict dress codes, which required women to wear long, black robes and cover their faces with burqas, while the men were made to grow their beards. One woman, who had torn off her veil, said: “They killed my son because he wouldn’t pray.
“They didn’t allow us to take his body for a whole week.” While having his beard shaved, one man said: “Cut it all off, cut it all of to spite ISIS.”
It comes after ISIS was defeated in the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this month. United States Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon previously called the liberation of Mosul “an important moment” in the fight against Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
ISIS has now been defeated in its main stronghold in the Iraqi city of Mosul and is under pressure in its base in the Syrian city of Raqqa .Yesterday, Syrian fighter jets carried out air strikes against Islamic State in an area of countryside east of Raqqa and close to where US-backed forces operate, Syrian state TV reported, citing a military source.
The attacks in the town of Maadan and village of Bir al-Sabkhawi, near the provincial boundary with Deir al-Zor governorate, “destroyed several bases and vehicles” belonging to the Islamist group, the source said.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said it was the first time in several weeks that Syrian forces had launched an attack in that area. The Syrian army has active front lines with Isis in Raqqa’s western countryside, where it has recaptured territory from the extremists.
But air strikes in the east take the fight closer to where the US-backed SDF are operating.
The Syrian army, supported by Russian warplanes, is separately ousting the jihadists further west, but has also carried out air raids in Raqqa and Deir al-Zor provinces. The SDF accused Syrian government forces of bombing their positions in June, one of several incidents that raised tension between the US on one side and Syria and Russia on the other.