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23.7.14

DANGEROUS BUSES * Lebanon: From terrorism to tourism:

* ISIL starts bus tour of 'caliphate'


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Beirut,Lebanon -First Post -23 July 2014: -- Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State (IS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its "caliphate"... Running twice-weekly tours from Syria's Raqa to Iraq's Anbar, IS' buses fly the group's black flag and play jihadist songs throughout the journey... One of the first clients was Chechen jihadist Abu Abdel Rahman al-Shishani, aged 26, who took his new Syrian wife on honeymoon, according to activist Hadi Salameh... But the two weren't able to sit together, because "women sit in the back, and men at the front... Abu Ibrahim al-Raqawi, another activist living in Raqa city, said the bus company is "popular" among those with relatives in Iraq... "Many people living in this area (northern Syria through western Iraq) have tribal ties stretching across the border. So they use these buses to visit their families"...  Speaking to AFP via the Internet, Abu Ibrahim also said others take the bus "to do business, while some just want to take a break from the shelling in Syria"...

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