Prominent Tunisian jihadists defect from ISIS in Mosul

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Two members of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

Duhok – The Islamic State (ISIS) has suffered internal rifts after losing key areas in Mosul City of Nineveh Governorate to US-backed Iraqi forces.

Informed sources reported that rifts broke out between local and foreign members of the radical group over power.

“Local Iraqi jihadists are ordered to fight at the battlefront in Mosul, while some foreign members of ISIS take the lead and don’t have to engage in direct clashes with the US-backed forces. This has caused outrage among the Iraqi members of the group,” the head of Nineveh Media Centre Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News.

Two Tunisian jihadist leaders have reportedly abandoned ISIS after being attacked by local militants.

Abu Dur al-Tunsi and Bilal al-Shawash, Tunisian jihadists and military commanders in ISIS ranks, defected from the group on Tuesday.

“Al-Tunsi and al-Shawash have escaped from Mosul after being attacked by Iraqi jihadists,” a local media activist told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The ISIS-led Hisba Police was unable to find them after two days of search,” the source added.

According to al-Zarari, the current internal rifts within ISIS ranks could escalate and lead to more defection cases, especially among the foreign jihadists.

Local members of ISIS have repeatedly protested against the group’s leadership for promoting a number of foreign jihadists to senior positions. Moreover, a wave of outrage has recently spread among the militants for the decreasing salaries, that followed the group’s loss of key resources amid continuous airstrikes by the western coalition.

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri and Raman Yousef | Source: ARA News

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