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Spin and death in Raqqa

In Syria's war, perception is everything. There is no objective reality—except the bodies

By James Harkin   December 2016

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On 3rd January of this year, Islamic State (IS) released a video that belongs to what has become a familiar gory genre. A balaclava-clad Briton, flanked by four other masked jihadis, stood behind five kneeling men from Raqqa, the IS-held city in northern Syria. The prisoners were softly mouthing prayers. In a slick montage cut with chanting, some of…

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