Islamist extremists who have decreed a religious kingdom covering parts of Iraq and Syria have ordered some residents to replace their identification cards with ones bearing the group's logo, two sources told NBC News on Friday. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), an al Qaeda offshoot, declared a "caliphate" after seizing parts of Iraq including the city of Mosul.
Two residents of Mosul said locals showing Iraqi ID cards were having them confiscated and replaced with a receipt that must be taken to ISIS headquarters to obtain new documents. The replacement ID cards are branded with the ISIS logo and stamp, the sources said. The militants overran Mosul in June. However, the territory ISIS controls has been pegged back in recent weeks by Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes and military supplies from Europe.
- Alexander Smith