Islamic State executes 40 of its militants as internal conflict intensifies

ARA News

ERBIL – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) has executed 40 of its militants, including prominent Saudi leading members, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor on charges of refusing to follow military orders, activists reported on Thursday.

The ISIS-linked Sharia Court in al-Mayadin city of Deir ez-Zor province has issued a decision to execute every member of the group who refuses to abide by the regulations of the ISIS general leadership. 

“ISIS has executed more than 40 militants in the Musbaq al-Suney district of al-Mayadin, saying they have refused to join the battles in Aleppo province,” media activist Mujahid al-Shami told ARA News in al-Mayadin. 

The group has been transferring militants to join the fighting fronts in Aleppo and northern Raqqa after losing ground to Kurdish forces and Syrian rebel battalions. 

“Among those executed were several Saudi leading members who refused to leave Deir ez-Zor province. ISIS considers every member who refuses to follow military orders a traitor and deserves death,” al-Shami reported.

This comes after violent rifts hit the ranks of the Islamic State over money and power. 

On Monday, an internal clash claimed lives of 17 ISIS militants in the Iraqi region of Baaj. 

On Tuesday, Abu Huzaifa al-Libi, a prominent commander of the Islamic State in Raqqa, was shot dead by a Syrian militant after disputes turned into violence between them. An activist in Raqqa told ARA News (on the condition of anonymity) that al-Libi was killed after trying to force fellow militants to head to the fighting front in al-Hol town in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah. 

“When a group of Syrian members of ISIS refused al-Libi’s orders to join the battles in al-Hol, he (al-Libi) threatened to execute them. One of the Syrian militants reacted on the commander’s threat by shooting him in the head,” the source said. 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News 

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