TEL AVIV — Amid an intense battle for control of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s so-called Syrian capital, IS has released propaganda photos purporting to show life as normal.
The pictures show policemen and inspectors under the auspices of IS patrolling shops to check the expiration dates of goods.
The investigators and policemen can also be seen checking that shops and businesses were closed during prayer times.
According to the release, police and inspectors are seen talking to passersby about the importance of growing a beard.
Since this is the Sabras Cactus season in the Middle East, the region’s inhabitants pick the thorny fruit in photos showing the flourishing prosperity of the territories controlled by the quickly dwindling caliphate.