Hotel from Hell? ISIS Seizes 5-Star Resort and Moves In

The hotel will now be used to host top ISIS commanders

Ninawa International Hotel

ISIS' black and white flags wave amongst balloons at the hotel's reopening celebration.

The extremist group known as ISIS has been aggressively taking over territories in the Middle East for more than a year, and now it looks like they’re getting into the hospitality business.

Photos have surfaced via Twitter accounts linked to ISIS, reportedly showing its members refurbishing the once luxurious Ninawa International Hotel in Mosul, Iraq. According to reports, the hotel will now be used host top ISIS commanders and jihadi brides.

The 262-room hotel was once voted as one of the best places to stay in Iraq, and boasted amenities like ballrooms, restaurants, a pool, and tennis courts. While the violence ISIS has been linked to is anything but sophisticated, the group has restored all of this five-star retreat's refined features to their original glory. The bar has also been spruced up, but will only serve water and soft drinks. Alcohol, smoking, dancing, and breaking the dress code are all strictly prohibited.


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