Islamic State decree targets males 12 and up: ‘The beginning of conscription’

A new order by the Islamic State in the A-Raqqa province requires all males over the age of 12 in the provincial capital to mark themselves present after afternoon and evening prayers. Otherwise, they face fines and mandatory religious training, the media campaign Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) reported on Monday.

The decision follows waning attendance at mosques by civilians wary of mixing with IS members, says Hamoud al-Musa, one of the founding members of RBSS.

It is not a coincidence that the Islamic State is homing in on the young male demographic, al-Musa says. “This is the group most attracted to and affected by IS ideas,” he tells Alaa Nassar.