DUHOK – Internal clashes hit the ranks of the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province after rifts erupted between local militants and foreign jihadis of the group, activists reported on Thursday.
Local Iraqi members of ISIS protested against the growing power of the foreign jihadis in Mosul city.
“The group’s leadership has given its foreign members high ranking positions in the different institutions of the Islamic State, such as the al-Hisba police department, the Sharia Court and training camps,” media activist Ali al-Hussein told ARA News in Mosul.
“This has raised the outrage of local jihadis who claim to fight for their own land and people against the government, Kurds and the US-led coalition,” al-Hussein reported, citing Iraqi members of ISIS.
Armed clashes broke out on Wednesday between a group of Iraqi militants and foreign members of ISIS inside the jihadi training camp in Mosul.
“At least two ISIS militants were killed and seven others were injured in the clashes inside the training camp,” rights activist Amir Qassim told ARA News in Mosul, adding that light weapons were used in the clashes.
“According to a source inside the camp, rifts broke out after ISIS Iraqi fighters refused to follow orders from a foreign jihadi leader. The latter has then opened fire on the Iraqi militants and over 20 fighters were engaged in the internal clashes on Wednesday midnight,” Qassim reported.
This comes as the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, backed by the US-led coalition, continue the fight against ISIS in the suburbs of Mosul–main bastion for ISIS group in Iraq.
Reporting by: Ali Issa
Source: ARA News
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