The Islamic State has set up its own jail and police force in Iraq, patrolling the streets in squad cars and monitoring traffic.
Daily Mail cites an Islamic extremist website that claims the police force’s main purposes are to “implement the orders of the religious judiciary” and “maintain order and arrest culprits and the corrupt.”
Officers have been photographed driving around in newly-painted squad cars and wearing uniforms with “Islamic Police Nineveh State” patched on the arm.
It’s not clear when the police force was established, but according to Daily Mail, citizens of Nineveh say many have already been arrested for expressing any sort of opposition to the group’s jihadist goals.
The residents also said that houses have been raided.
The police force doesn’t seem very different from the Hisbah, a group of militants that regularly interrogate homes, businesses and anyone passing by to make sure they are following Sharia law, an extreme interpretation of the Quran.
VICE News released a video showing the Hisbah enforcing the rules of Islam during the holy month of Ramadan last August.
ISIS views the teaching of history, art and music as blasphemous as well and has banned the subjects from its schools.
Dozens of militants were killed this morning when France launched a series of airstrikes on the group in Iraq.
The attack, France’s first on the Islamic State, took down a complex containing vehicles, weapons and fuel.
More than 30 nations have also vowed to assist the US in airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, but France is so far the only one to have taken action.
H/T: Daily Mail, Photo Courtesy: Vice News