ISIS beheads media activist in Syria’s Manbij on charges of ‘spying for crusader coalition’

A file photo showing an ISIS militant preparing his sword to head a Syrian man

ARA News

ALEPPO – The Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group executed on Tuesday a Syrian media activist in the northern city of Manbij on charges of ‘spying for crusader coalition’, in reference to the U.S.-led coalition that has been bombing the group’s positions across Syria and Iraq for over two years.

Hussam Salman, 28, was beheaded in front of dozens of people in central Manbij.

“Salman was known for documenting ISIS atrocities against civilians,” local media activist Nasser Teljbini told ARA News in Manbij, Aleppo province.

The victim was arrested last week “for baseless charges”. 

“Salman was detained and executed by Daesh militants after being accused of communicating with the western coalition,” the source said. 

Teljbini added that the ISIS-led Sharia Court in Manbij accused the 28-year-old media activist of “spying for the crusader coalition”, ordering his execution in public. 

ISIS Executes More Media Activists

The radical group has earlier executed dozens of media activists in Syria and Iraq on similar charges. 

On January 3, ISIS executed five media activists in Syria’s northeastern province of Raqqa on charges of “spying for hostile parties”. The terror group released a video showing the five activists “confessing” to have filmed ISIS headquarters and vehicles in Raqqa. In the name of their alleged Caliphate, ISIS militants have shot the media activists dead at the end of the video.

The victims were identified as Muhammad Abdulghani, Hael Abdulrazaq, Faisal al-Jaafar, Ammar al-Jaafar and Mahyar Othman. The group accused them of leaking security information to the U.S.-led coalition. 

“Everyone trying to deliver information about Raqqa and other ISIS-led areas to the outside world is being accused of spying for hostile parties, Activists are being tortured and brutally executed,” a civil rights activist told ARA News in Raqqa, speaking on condition of anonymity.

On December 29, 2015, the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) burned to death twenty media activists in Iraq’s northwestern city of Mosul. The victims, who have been arrested in separate raids earlier in December, were executed on charges of leaking security information to “hostile parties”– namely the U.S.-led coalition and its allied ground forces in Iraq. 

After interrogations, the ISIS-led Sharia Court in Mosul issued a decision to burn the activists to death in a public square in al-Houd district in Mosul. 

“The horrific execution was conducted in front of dozens of people in al-Houd, including some family members of the victims,” a local source told ARA News under the condition of anonymity for security concerns.

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo

Source: ARA News

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