[Marxism] Fwd: They freed a Syrian town from ISIS. Now they have to govern it. - The Washington Post
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Sat Oct 31 08:03:14 MDT 2015
TAL ABYAD, Syria — When Islamic State fighters fled this northern Syrian
town in June, they took with them the electricity generators, the water
pumps, the hospital equipment and pretty much everything else that had
helped sustain the semblance that they ran a functioning state.
They left behind their graffiti, their instruments of torture, the block
of wood on which they beheaded their victims, the cage in which they
punished smokers — and a community riven with suspicion and distrust.
Today, Tal Abyad is a tense and troubled place. Its new Kurdish masters
are seeking to assert their control over a mixed town that, at least
until recently, had an Arab majority — some of whom were not entirely
unhappy to be governed by the Islamic State.
“As long as you didn’t bother them, they didn’t bother you,” said Sarkis
Kaorkian, 60, who is one of the town’s few Christians who remained
behind and is now deeply relieved the Islamic State is gone. He claims
he drank and smoked his way through the group’s 17-month rule by staying
out of their way and paying on time the $100 tax, or jizya, leveled
twice a year on Christian residents.
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