The State That ISIS Built
When it's not waging war, ISIS operates a complex bureaucracy that oversees daily life inside its territories.By Jake Godin, Elizabeth Hagedorn | September 3, 2015
How ISIS operates.
The state (caliphate) is made up of provinces (wilayats). Each province has a governor (wali). Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi runs the caliphate. To his followers, he's known as Caliph Ibrahim.
Under Baghdadi are two governing bodies: the Sharia (Religious) Council and the Shura (Advisory) Council. Other councils act like departments and oversee everyday life, including education, health care, taxes and even filling potholes.