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Women secretly film inside ISIS stronghold


Two Syrian women took a hidden camera through the northern Syrian city of Raqqa to document their life under ISIS rule, knowing they faced execution should they be discovered, according to CNN Swedish affiliate Expressen TV, which commissioned the video.

Fully covered and wearing face veils, they shop, take a taxi and walk around neighborhoods, showing a deserted city with little traffic and some armed men walking about.

“Everyone’s left,” they say, because airstrikes on Raqqa have intensified. “Foreign ISIS fighters have set up checkpoints, taken the ID cards of Syrians and use them to flee to Turkey,” the women say.

Five years after the start of the civil war in Syria, Raqqa — the capital of ISIS’ self-proclaimed caliphate — has fundamentally changed. The war has claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people nationwide and displaced more than 10 million, according to the United Nations. ISIS captured Raqqa in 2013.

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