If you’re a terror group attempting a coup of an unstable country what’s the last thing you want to see? Probably citizens gathering and taking up arms against you. You may be able to scare some uniformed members of Iraq’s military who may not believe in their cause anyway, but eventually enough people are going to get fed up, organize, and fight back.
ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) looks like they are attempting to nip that in the bud early on. According to The Telegraph, this is one of ISIS’ new laws for the parts of Iraq it now controls [emphasis mine],
Any one of its members who breach this promise will have their hands cut off.
‘No drugs, no alcohol and no cigarettes allowed,’ it added.
No public gathering other than those organised by ISIS will be allowed at any stage. No guns will be allowed outside of its ranks….
It is so much easier to oppress, slaughter and enslave people when they are unarmed. Ring a bell, America?