Islamic State executes 15 men on charges of spying for Kurdish forces

A file photo showing ISIS militants executing a number of Syrian young men. File photo

ARA News 

URFA – Extremists of the Islamic State group (ISIS) executed on Sunday 15 Syrian men accused of leaking security information about the group to rival Kurdish forces. 

ISIS has launched a campaign of arrests in the city of Manbij in the northern countryside of Aleppo, targeting young men and media activists after accusing them of spying on behalf of the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

The Kurdish YPG fighters have been in conflict with the terror group in northern Syria for more than two years. The YPG has recently regained dozens of villages and towns from ISIS subsequent to fierce battles. 

“The 15 victims were shot dead in central Manbij and their dead bodies were hanged in a public square to terrify people,” an informed local source, who preferred anonymity, told ARA News on the phone. 

“Many other innocent people are still held by the group for interrogation for alleged links with the Kurdish YPG forces,” the source reported. “Their families are highly concerned about their fate, especially after the execution of 15 arrestees today.”

The YPG leadership condemned in a statement the execution of the 15 men, saying the accusation was baseless and that ISIS is aware of the people’s outrage regarding its control over the city of Manbij, emphasizing that the Kurdish forces and its allies will soon storm ISIS headquarters there and liberate the city of ISIS tyranny. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro 

Source: ARA News 

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