Islamic State publicly executes one of its own militants on charges of ‘high treason’

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ISIS execution. File photo

ARA News 

ERBIL – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) has executed one of its own militants on charges of spying for the anti-ISIS forces in the city of Jarablus in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, local sources reported Saturday. 

The city of Jarablus has been under ISIS control for more than a year.

Speaking to ARA News in Jarablus, local media activist Nasser Taljbini said that after Friday’s prayers, ISIS militants shot dead one of their own in a public square in the city of Jarablus. 

“The ISIS-led Hisba Police had arrested the militant earlier on Thursday after accusing him of spying for the rebel groups operating in northern Aleppo,” he reported.

Taljbini pointed out that a masked member from the Sharia Court in Jarablus explained the reason behind executing the suspect militant, arguing he had suspicious links with anti-ISIS forces. 

The ISIS-masked man read a statement before executing his fellow jihadi, saying that the suspect was belonging to the so-called “Awakening group” fighting alongside the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and other allied rebel groups, saying “he was leaking information about coordinates of the group’s headquarters in the city”. 

The Sharia Court convicted the militant of “high treason”, reciting Quranic verses.

“Also, the executed fighter had refused to participate in fighting the Syrian opposition factions,” according to eyewitnesses.

In the meantime, several Syrian rebel groups, including Islamist factions, announced late on Thursday the expulsion of ISIS extremists from the town of al-Raee [35 km to the west of Jarablus] in northern Aleppo. 

ISIS leadership believes that some of its militants and locals are leaking security information about the group’s movements to its enemies. Arbitrary arrests and public executions have mounted, and every citizen is being deemed a suspect in the areas under the group’s control, according to local sources.

The radical group had also executed hundreds of civilians across Syria and Iraq on various charges like witchcraft, homosexual acts and cooperating with the U.S.-led coalition forces.

Jarablus is one of our main targets at the moment for the Kurdish YPG forces. If they were able to retake it, they would be blocking one of the main routes in the face of foreign militants who continue to cross from Turkey into Syria in order to join their alleged Caliphate, according to military experts.

Reporting by: Salar Qasim

Source: ARA News 

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