Iraq says ISIS transferring phosphate to Syria’s Raqqa

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is transferring phosphate raw material from Iraq to Syria’s Raqqa, the group’s de-facto capital, the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights reportedon Sunday.

“The terrorist entity of ISIS has taken control of the phosphate facility at al-Qaem and is transferring raw material of phosphate to Raqqa in Syria,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.

It is not immediately clear why the terrorist group was interested in phosphate, but the material could be used in the making of explosives.

Al-Qaem is located 250 miles (400 km) northwest of Baghdad and has been Iraq’s main source of fertilizer.

The U.S. Geological Survey said in 2011 that Iraq had “world-class” reserves of phosphate, the world’s second biggest after Morocco, the Financial Times reported.

The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights also said that ISIS has seized official documents and computers at al-Qaem’s directorate of education.

The group has also ordered a time change in the Nineveh Governorate and banned the use of contraceptive

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media activist from the city of Raqqa, student at the Faculty of Law at the University of the Euphrates. Director of the Media Office of Raqqa, founding member of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently", founding member of the documentary project of "Sound and Picture". I work in documenting violations committed by Assad's regime and ISIS group and extremist organizations inside the city of Raqqa, as I work in programming, design and visual media. I hold a certificate of coach in digital security, and a certificate of journalist coach, and a certificate in documenting violations against human rights, and a certificate in electronic advocacy. I underwent a training under the supervision of "Cyber-Arabs" in collaboration with the Institute for War and Peace "IWPR", about the management of electronic websites and leadership of advocacy campaigns, and a training of press photography under the supervision of the photojournalist "Peter Hove Olesen".