Islamic State executes five of its own for fleeing Anbar battlefield

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Militants of the Islamic State carrying out mass execution. File photo: Fourqan

ARA News

Duhok – The Islamic State (ISIS) executed at least five of its own militants on Monday for fleeing from a battle in Iraq’s Anbar Governorate. 

According to activists and eyewitnesses, ISIS executed the militants in Hīt city, which is in Anbar Governorate. The extremist group declared that the executed militants had committed “high treason” by abandoning their positions to the Iraqi Army.

Raafat al-Zarari, head of the Nineveh Media Centre, told ARA News that the executed fighters had fled the fighting in the western suburb of Ramadi. 

“The militants were executed by firing squad at the hands of their fellow fighters,” al-Zarari reported. “The decision has been made by the ISIS leadership, and anyone violating the order is to be executed.”

The Islamic State’s leadership insisted that local jihadists witness Monday’s execution. “More than 150 people watched the public executions. Most of them were ISIS fighters and military leaders,” Iraqi journalist Adeeb al-Jadi told ARA News. “The group wanted to warn its members that anyone who escaped the fighting would face a similar punishment.” 

Internal Repression 

Monday’s execution is part of a pattern of lethal punishments, which ISIS leaders have ordered against rank and file members.

Last Thursday, ISIS executed two members on charges of “high treason,” in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor city. The executed men were part of the Islamic police, known as Diwan al-Hisba.

Firas al-Ahmed, a local media activist, told ARA News: “The [police] tried to escape Deir ez-Zor, but the group was able to arrest them near the southern exit of the city.” An ISIS-controlled Sharia court decided to execute them. 

“The two Hisba members were executed by firing squad in the Sabha District,” al-Ahmed reported. He added that hundreds of people witnessed the execution.

In July, ISIS executed six of its own militants on charges of “treason,” after accusing them of leaking security information to the US-led coalition. Local sources told ARA News at the time that the executed men were members of the al-Hisba police in the Iraq’s northwestern Mosul city.

Abdullah al-Malla, a media activist, told ARA News in Mosul: “The ISIS leadership suspected that the al-Hisba members were leaking confidential information to the western coalition.” 

“After interrogation, the Mosul Sharia Court issued a decision to publicly execute the six suspects,” al-Malla reported. “The six jihadists were beheaded in front of dozens of ISIS officials in central Mosul.”

Reporting by: Sozbin Cheleng & Ahmed Sawes | Source: ARA News 

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