Video: ISIS Fighters Burn Marijuana Fields in Syria
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The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group released a video last Tuesday in which they destroyed a field of marijuana in Syria. The clip, which was uploaded to YouTube by an ISIS supporter, showed ISIS fighters denouncing the evils of drug-taking before setting a large pile of marijuana plants ablaze.
The militants claimed they discovered the marijuana farm after having captured Akhtarin from the Free Syrian Army, a rival group of opposition fighters in Syria. They alleged further that the owner of the farm fled to Turkey.
Some farmers in north Syria have resorted to growing marijuana to make a living in the midst of Syria’s devastating civil war, but the farmers faced opposition and physical threat from radical Islamists such as ISIS, who consider drugs to be against the laws of Islam.
ISIS is also known to have banned cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs in areas under its control throughout Iraq and Syria, in adherence to their strict interpretation of Islamic law.
The United Nations has accused the group of committing crimes against humanity for carrying out public executions, crucifixions, systematic abuse and torture of civilians, and training child fighters.