Terror group bans use of private internet

Sources in Raqa say the reason for this action is to grant access through internet cafes only in order to monitor access.

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Residents of Raqa have been given four days to comply to a new order issued by ISIS, banning the use of private internet access.

The order which was distributed via posters reads “The following is obligatory on all internet providers: the removal of wifi connections distributed outside of internet cafes and private connections, including for Islamic State soldiers.”

Sources in Raqa say the reason for this action is to grant “access through internet cafes only in order to monitor access.”

According to the the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, “This step is part of the organisation’s attempt to impose a news blackout on what is going on inside Raqa city. It has been conducting patrols and raids on internet cafes, searching them for people who are transmitting news.”

It also said that ISIS “trying to cut communications between its non-Syrian fighters and their families for fear of them trying to return home.”

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