ISIS Unveils ‘Luxury Hotel’ In Iraq – Complete With Beheadings For Breaking The Rules
Muslim extremists have announced the grand opening of a hotel in Mosul, Iraq. It has polished marble floors, a beautiful garden, and, oh yes, a long list of rules that could get any guest crucified or stoned to death.
The pan-Islamic terror group known as ISIS has taken great pains to posture itself as a new “caliphate.” In their imaginings (and not much elsewhere), the group of Islamic extremists will restore the Muslim world to the glory of its massive former kingdoms, a global empire subject to ISIS’s very narrow interpretation of the Qu’ran. The reality is much grimmer.
The group has taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria, where it has proceeded to run a campaign of terror featuring a truly dizzying amount of barbaric cruelty. They torture civilians, impose harsh and oftentimes arbitrary punishments based on Islamic fundamentalism, and plot further expansion. What they haven’t done, however, is establish any of the trappings of what could be considered an nascent empire.
To change that image, ISIS has reportedly worked hard to restore a luxury hotel in Mosul that was once considered the best place to stay in Iraq. Documenting the surreal propaganda effort, The Daily Beast‘s Jamie Dettmer wrote:
The local ministry of propaganda has posted a series of pictures showing jihadis refurbishing the hotel, including one of workmen hammering away at intricate carvings on the front deemed idolatrous. One picture of the hotel lit up for re-opening night shows the Islamic State’s black flags unfurling in the breeze; others show workmen planting the flower beds, trimming hedge rows, cleaning floors and windows, and making the place spick and span. Colored balloons are outside for inaugural night and there are photographs of bearded male guests milling around the reception with not a woman in view, covered up or otherwise.
But you may want to wait before booking reservations.
All of which will get the guest in mortal trouble. ISIS soldiers will not hesitate to behead, crucify, stone, or flog a transgressor.
It’s too bad, because the hotel, formerly called the Ninawah Hotel, was said to be a true gem. In the days prior to ISIS occupation, the hotel, and Mosul more generally, was a place of art and culture. It is in Mosul, for instance, that ISIS discovered, and quickly destroyed hundreds of priceless artifacts in museums. The rest they looted to fund their Holy War.
It’s unclear how long ISIS can keep up the facade. Already, coalition forces made up of the United States, Europe, and parts of the Middle East have left most of the ISIS leadership in tatters. Recently, the Pentagon confirmed that they had gravely injured one of the group’s leaders, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a US-led bombing attack. The group certainly isn’t going away over night, but it’s power has deminished considerably. It’s hard to believe anyone, inside Iraq or elsewhere, can take the idea of a ISIS world power seriously – even with their one luxury hotel.
Feature image via The Daily Beast