Fleeing the ancient city of Palmyra, which they failed to obliterate but turned into a delayed-action minefield, the few surviving ISIS jihadists left behind a trace of bureaucratic paperwork documenting 10-months of a reign of terror , RT Arabic reports.
Following the May 2015 capture of ancient Palmyra, situated about 500 meters from the modern town known in Arabic as Tadmur, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists imposed strict Sharia law to govern the daily lives of those residents who did not flee their rule.
Various blanks and bureaucratic paperwork, all promising strict punishment unless their rules were adhered to, were recovered on the ground by the RT crew, who traveled to Palmyra following its recent liberation by the Syrian army with support from Russian air and special forces.
The documents range from employment contracts to notices requiring an appearance in front of the Islamic police. One document particularly marks a property as belonging to the jihadist group and explicitly prohibits any trespassing or even close approach to the premises. All of the documents are signed and stamped by the ISIS hierarchy.
But the trove of paperwork is the least dangerous trace of the jihadi almost a year-long rule. The Syrian army continues to stumble on mine-laden buildings as most of the neighborhoods in the city were booby-trapped with explosives.
“During our offense we encountered several explosive devices that were hidden in the ground that were supposed to be activated in an electro-mechanical way once you pass through them,” a soldier from the engineer corps told RT. “The explosion was designed to engage infantry and combat vehicles traveling on unpaved roads.”
Besides infesting approaches to the city with mines, residential quarters were also trapped with explosives, which turned the whole town into a huge “delayed action mine.”
“At least 3,000 explosive devices were installed in the city,” the sapper explained to RT. He said ISIS created an almost invisible interconnected network, partially hidden under hard paved roads, which could blow up the entire city.
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