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Thread: ISIS repeals smoking ban in effort to improve popularity

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    ISIS repeals smoking ban in effort to improve popularity

    Residents of Iraq's Kirkuk said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has backed down from its decision to ban smoking and has thus allowed selling cigarettes in areas it controls south and west of the province, Almada Press reported Saturday.

    Abdulrahman al-Gabouri, a resident of Hawija, 55 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk, told Almada Press that ISIS has now allowed shops to sell cigarettes in the province and its towns.

    The decision came as an attempt to gain popularity after the groupís extremist actions began to appall residents particularly after security forces, aided by international support, began to attack ISIS, the report added.

    Gabouri added that ISIS forces, which have rapidly advanced over the past few months seizing swathes of Iraq and Syria, used to confiscate and destroy cigarettes by crushing them under the Hummer vehicles they seized from Iraqi security forces.

    Suleiman Mokhlef Abd al-Gumayli, another Hawija resident, told Almada Press that ISIS fighters confiscated huge amounts of cigarettes weeks ago and informed shop owners they were not allowed to sell cigarettes as per a fatwa (religious edict) issued by the organizationís court and which stipulated banning cigarettes and lashing anyone who violated this rule.

    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety ... irkuk.html

    Now if we could just do something about New York City's fatwa....

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    Re: ISIS repeals smoking ban in effort to improve popularity

    Good grief. Can't make this stuff up. I'd definitely start smoking if I had to deal with those a-holes on a daily basis.
    You shut your mouth when you're talking to me!

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    Re: ISIS repeals smoking ban in effort to improve popularity

    Trad now has a kinship with them.

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