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ISIS Stirs Fears of Military Conscription in Raqqa | Al Jazeera America

22.10.15

ISIS Stirs Fears of Military Conscription in Raqqa | Al Jazeera America: The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has ordered all boys and men above the age of 14 in their de facto Syrian capital to register their names and addresses with local police, stirring fears the group plans to expand military conscription as anti-ISIL coalition forces set their sights on reclaiming Raqqa, activists told Al Jazeera.

The order, posted on buildings across the city and its northern suburbs over the weekend, says that boys and men who fail to register with local police by Thursday — one week after the order was released — will face some undetermined "legal" consequences. Though conscription is not specifically mentioned, the order comes amid reports that a coalition of Arab and Kurdish forces, backed by the United States, are preparing to launch an ambitious operation to uproot ISIL from Raqqa, which the group has held since 2013.


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