New ISIS Rules Reportedly Cover Phone Usage, Smoking

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Fighters from Islamic State hold their weapons as they stand on confiscated cigarettes before setting them on fire in the city of Raqqa. Reuters

The Islamic State (ISIS) has imposed harsh new rules regarding smoking and mobile phone usage in Raqqa, Syria, according to an anti-militant activist organization called Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RIBSS), which has no affiliation with ISIS.

Abu Mohammed, a founding member of RIBSS, has been following the punishments ISIS has imposed on smokers in Raqqa: They have been arrested, jailed, whipped and fined. In one instance, a man was reportedly beheaded for smoking, and his head was found with a cigarette still in his mouth.

The terrorist organization reportedly also has another unusual punishment for smokers: making them crack tombstones. "The graves have become like rubble and nobody is able to distinguish" one from another, the organization said in a tweet. The graveyard is within Raqqa's city limits, the group said.

In addition, RIBSS claimed the terrorist group has increased its phone tax by 20 percent, "despite the fact that the internal telephone network suffers from frequent crashes."

Because of the difficulty of tracking changes within the Islamic State's rules for punishment, these reports could not be independently verified.