ISIS has begun to instill the same hard-line Islamic rules in Mosul they enforce in parts of Syria. (AFP PHOTO / HO / WELAYAT SALAHUDDIN)
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In the two weeks since it was seized by Sunni militants, some residents of the northern Iraq city of Mosul feel the clock has been turned back hundreds of years. The militants, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) jihadist group, have begun imposing an extreme interpretation of Islamic law in the days since they took the city, residents reached by telephone told AFP.Security forces in Mosul, a city of some 2 million people before the offensive, wilted in the face of the onslaught, in some cases abandoning uniforms and even vehicles in their haste to flee.ISIS has appointed representatives for different areas of the city who are to conduct a survey of its residents.One resident who fled said a neighbor told him that gunmen came to check empty houses in the area and find out who owns them.Not all residents of Mosul view the militants in a negative light.
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