The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria’s war. In the capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate,” Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa’s restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream.
Raqqa is now the new New York
Luxury houses and apartments, which once belonged to officials from the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, have been taken over by the new ISIS ruling class, according to a member of an anti-ISIS media collective in the city who goes by the name of Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi.SHOW MORE