Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/4/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Terrorist organization assures residents it will seek justice through Sharia court

The terrorist organization al-Qaeda is not noted for handling through due process. In what appears to be a somewhat comical reversal of their general policy, al-Qaeda has now set up a complaints department for residents in the rebel-held city in Syria of Raqqa.

Raqqa residents pose for photos on a toppled statue of former Syrian ruler Hafez Assad.

Raqqa residents pose for photos on a toppled statue of former Syrian ruler Hafez Assad.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

6/4/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Raqqa, al-Qaeda, Sharia courts, complaint board, bureaucracy

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Leaders posted a public notice saying that they were open to receiving complaints from citizens and would promise to ensure justice through Sharia courts.

"We promise that we will ensure accountability for anyone committing violations and they will be sent to the Sharia court of Iraq and al-Sham (Syria)," according to newspaper reports.

Al Qaeda's branch in Iraq and the most powerful rebel group in Syria, al-Nusra group, and joined ranks last April against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

Raqqa became the first major city to fall entirely under rebel control in March after fighters seized it from the government.

"Anyone who might have a complaint against any element of the Islamic state, whether the Emir or an ordinary soldier, can come and submit their complaint in any headquarters building of the Islamic state," the notice reads. "The complaint should be in writing, provide details and give evidence," the notice read, signed by the "Emir" of Raqqa, a title that is often used by Al-Qaeda's leaders.

The notice is seen as an attempt to assume control over justice in the war-torn city in a further example of its bureaucracy, further evidence of Al-Qaeda's bureaucratic leanings.

Ones sterling example is when Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a leader of the terrorist group in North Africa, was severely reprimanded in letters sent by his superiors that were discovered by the Associated Press in Timbuktu. According to the letters, he did not file his expense reports on time or answer phone calls. He was also criticized for failing to carry out orders.

The letter, signed by the group's 14-member Shura Council, or governing body, describes its relationship with Belmoktar as "a bleeding wound," suggesting he resign and start his own group.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Middle East

UPDATE: Did the U.S. military actually know they were bombing the Doctors Without Borders hospital full of innocent people? Watch

Image of The burned Doctors Without Borders hospital following explosions in the city of Kunduz, on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 (Médecins Sans Frontières/AP).


In a log released by Doctors Without Borders on Thursday for a report on the October 3 bombing of its Kunduz, Afghanistan medical facility, it was revealed that the United States military was aware the building was not in use as a Taliban headquarters. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

The one thing ISIS is afraid of - and it's not what you think! Watch

Image of Nicolas Hénin was an ISIS hostage for ten months, during which he observed the remarkable ignorance of Islam extremists.


In a blog written by Nicolas Hénin, posted to, Hénin wrote what life was like as an ISIS hostage, and revealed the one thing ISIS fears most. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - During his ten-month captivity, Hénin observed the extremist view of ... continue reading

You won't believe what happened to these misguided teens who joined ISIS Watch

Image of Sabina Selimovic was only 15-years-old when she disappeared from her home in Austria and resurfaced as a married woman in Syria after joining ISIS.


Two Austrian teenagers joined ISIS and became "poster girls" last year. Since then, one has been reportedly beaten to death during an attempt to escape Syria, while the other has been declared missing. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The teenagers, Samra Kesinovic ... continue reading

'A stab in the back': Putin accuses Turkey of treachery after Russian warplane shot down Watch

Image of Turkey claims it warned Russian plane ten times before shooting down the Russian warplane (Getty Images).


Russian warplane ignored ten warnings and repeatedly violated Turkey's airspace before being shot down in what Russian president Vladimir Putin has deemed an act of treachery. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Putin claims the downed plane will result in "serious ... continue reading

Russia kills 472 ISIS targets over the weekend Watch

Image of A French Rafale fighter jet takes off (AFP/Getty Images).


This weekend, France launched their first fighter jet attacks on ISIS from their Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. They used Rafale fighter jets to carry out their mission, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 500 ISIS targets within a two-day span. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Writer visits the Islamic State, what he reports will chill you and give you nightmares Watch

Image of Islam is on the march once again, and they do not plan to stop this time.


German author Jürgen Todenhöfer spent 10 days in the Islamic State, interviewing its fighters and working to understand their aims and ambitions. What he learned will chill you to the bone and give you nightmares. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Jürgen ... continue reading

Will this make a difference? ISIS' money source hit with Russian airstrikes Watch

Image of Islamist State oil tanker trucks in Syria in particular are being sought by Russian warplanes. Russia's increased involvement is largely in retaliation for the down passenger jet that killed all 224 people onboard.


Ever since Islamic State took credit for downing a Russian passenger jet over Egypt last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been using his fighter jets in surgical and precise airstrikes against ISIS strongholds in Syria. The strategy is intended to ... continue reading

What role does the U.S. government really play in ISIS attacks? Iranian Supreme Leader makes alarming connections Watch

Image of It is an extremely bold claim, one that has its roots in radical thought: Modern warfare is waged by the creation of an enemy that is funded and supported before the conflict begins.


It is an extremely bold claim, one that has its roots in radical thought: Modern warfare is waged by the creation of an enemy that is funded and supported before the conflict begins. That is what the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declares. On ... continue reading

Mastermind to ISIS' Paris attack poses with decapitated bodies and laughs while dragging corpses to a mass grave (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Watch

Image of The world's public enemy number one is 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (California Network)

The Muslim extremist believed to be the mastermind behind the Paris terror attacks is 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud. He has appeared in several videos and images smiling and laughing while playing with, dragging, and even posing with corpses. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Over 130 bodies discovered in horrific ISIS-created mass graves Watch

Image of Kurdish forces discovered the two mass graves after reclaiming the city ISIS took in August 2014.


Two mass graves were discovered by Kurdish forces outside Sinjar, a northern Iraqi town near the Syrian border. Each grave held over 50 men, women, children and the elderly. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The first grave held the bodies of 78 older women and the ... continue reading

All Middle East News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Daily Readings for Thursday, November 26, 2015
  • St. John Berchmans: Saint of the Day for Thursday, November 26, 2015
  • The Miracle Prayer HD
  • The unexpected thing one Syrian refugee did for Germany that will ...
  • UPDATE: Did the U.S. military actually know they were bombing the ...
  • Come together this Thanksgiving with a beautiful prayer
  • Prayer For Courage HD

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
1 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for his noblemen, a thousand of ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67
62 Bless the Lord, sun and moon, praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:12-19
12 'But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 25th, 2015 Image

St. Catherine of Alexandria
November 25: St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr ... Read More