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Both local and foreign fighters in ISIS reports seem to indicate that all is not well in the house of the so called “Islamic State” better name is #daeshbags
“Morale isn’t falling – it’s hit the ground,” the activist said. “Local fighters are frustrated – they feel they’re doing most of the work and the dying … foreign fighters who thought they were on an adventure are now exhausted.”
Fighters are forced to stay and fight once they join the caliphate because they receive threats from other ISIS members who say they will kill the fighters if they try to leave.
A decline in troop morale is causing even ISIS’ local fighters to want to abandon the jihad,
ISIS has established a form of military policing unit designed to crack down on fighters ditching the caliphate. Additionally, new regulations require ISIS fighters to carry proof that they are an ISIS fighter along with documentation showing where they are assigned. ISIS fighters are supposed to report to ISIS offices within 48 hours of receiving the new rules to check in and avoid punishment. The activists said that many ISIS militants’ homes were raided and as many as 400 fighters were arrested for not reporting within the 48 hours.
Things have gotten so bad that fighters are no longer allowed to “speak the truth” and are “forced to do useless things.”