DUHOK – The extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) on Wednesday executed six of its own militants on charges of “treason”, after accusing them of leaking security information to the US-led coalition.
Informed local sources told ARA News that ISIS has arrested six of its own security members of the al-Hisba department in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province.
“The ISIS leadership suspected that the al-Hisba members were leaking confidential information to the western coalition–whose airstrikes have recently killed top jihadi officials. After interrogation, the Mosul Sharia Court issued a decision to publicly execute the six suspects,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News in Mosul, citing an ISIS official.
“The six jihadis were beheaded in front of dozens of ISIS officials in central Mosul,” al-Malla reported.
This comes just three days after the US-led coalition renewed its airstrikes on headquarters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in northwestern Iraq, killing and wounding dozens of militants, including top jihadi leaders.
Muhammad Ahmed al-Bajjari, head of ISIS military operations in northwestern Iraq, was killed in an airstrike by the coalition forces in Mosul city of Nineveh province. “Al-Bajjari was killed along with several other ISIS fighters. He had played a main role in planning ISIS military operations against the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army in the vicinity of Mosul,” director of the Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News on Saturday.
Another coalition strike has reportedly killed the head of Islamic Police [al-Hisba] in Mosul, known as Hatim Taleb al-Hamdouni.
“More than 30 ISIS jihadis were killed in the past two days, including top ISIS officials like Hamdouni and al-Bajjari,” local media activist Farad Mirani told ARA News.
ISIS suspects that some of its own members have been leaking information to the coalition’s forces about confidential locations of the group’s leaders.
By intensifying its air campaign against the radical group, the western coalition’s bombardment in Nineveh province has caused heavy losses in ISIS ranks. According to observers, this could facilitate a ground progress by the Kurdish Peshmerga and allied Iraqi forces against ISIS.
Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri
Source: ARA News
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