File - Raqqa has become the nucleus of ISIS’ version of an Islamic caliphate.
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Concern over the fate of hundreds who have gone missing in a city run by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has fueled a backlash against the jihadist group.The kidnappings and other abuses led activists to mobilize a new campaign against ISIS last week that has gathered support on social media networks and seen protests held across opposition-run areas.Rooted in Al-Qaeda in Iraq, ISIS first emerged in Syria's war in spring last year, and was initially seen as an ally by rebel fighters seeking to overthrow Assad. Despite the dangers, a group of dissidents using secret identities last week launched a campaign calling on ISIS to leave Raqqa under the name 'Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.'The opposition has frequently accused ISIS of colluding with the Assad regime, which since the start of the 2011 uprising has accused the entire opposition of being "terrorists" backed by foreign powers.While abuses are committed by all parties in Syria's war, activists say ISIS stands out for its brutality.
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