Syria: Islamic State cancels Friday prayers in Raqqa, IS capital, because of Russian airstrikes
Reports out of Syria are confirming that the Islamic State cancelled Friday prayers at multiple locations in Raqqa, the Islamic State capital, because of the danger from Russian airstrikes.
The news began to spread Friday morning as more airstrikes targeted the Islamic State, as confirmed by Russian authorities.
In Raqa, where IS militants have carried out some of the mass beheadings that they infamously use as online propaganda, activists and residents said the group cancelled Friday prayers and emptied mosques because they feared more Russian strikes.
“The residents are very afraid, especially if the Russians are going to operate like regime planes by targeting civilians,” said activist Abu Mohammad, who is from Raqa
— الرقة تذبح بصمت (@Raqqa_SL) October 2, 2015