Life in the Islamic State: Spoils for the rulers, terror for the ruled

by Kevin Sullivan

The Islamic State justice system is brutal and often arbitrary, according to interviews with people who live there or recently fled. In this photo, a man accused of stealing sits in a jail cell with his hand cut off. (Photo obtained by The Washington Post)

The white vans come out at dinnertime, bringing hot meals to unmarried Islamic State fighters in the city of Hit in western Iraq.