NEW YORK — A New York city doctor, who tested positive as the city’s first case of Ebola, is in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Friday while health officials take precautionary steps by retracing his recent travels around town and quarantining his fiancé and close friends.
Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old emergency physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital, was placed in an isolation unit Thursday after reporting 103-degree fever and diarrhea, which are Ebola-like symptoms.
Spencer, also a volunteer for Doctors without Borders, had returned less than a week ago from Guinea, one of the three countries in West Africa hardest hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The epidemic there has killed about 4,800 people and more than 440 health workers have contracted the disease and about half have died.
To the outside world, they’re a force of ruthless yet mysterious insurgents bent on terrorizing civilians and expanding Islamist rule.
But as one former ISIS fighter tells CNN, the mentality goes much deeper.
“The main and principal goal of the Islamic State that they tell their new members is to establish an Islamic state that will encompass the Arab world,” the man said in Turkey. “And after that, we go to other countries.”
ISIS and religious justification
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Just two weeks ago, the man was in Raqqa, the ISIS stronghold in northern Syria. Like many cities across Syria and Iraq, Raqqa has been overrun by ISIS militants who show no mercy for those who don’t follow their hard line.
Crucifixions and public executions take place virtually every day. Women not fully covered in niqabs are lashed with alarming frequency.