ERBIL – Amid intensifying airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition on ISIS positions in Syria and Iraq, hundreds of tribal Arabs in Aleppo’s northern areas swore allegiance to the Islamic State’s (ISIS) alleged caliphate and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, local sources reported on Wednesday.
Pro-ISIS media activists have circulated images on the social media, showing people of the Qalqal town, southeastern Manbij, in the northern province of Aleppo, swearing allegiance to the militant group.
Speaking to ARA News in Manbij, media activist Samir Ali said that “hundreds of Arabs in the Qalqal and nearby villages swore allegiance to the hardline group.”
“An ISIS top leader from the group’s Sharia court spoke to the people, urging them to declare allegiance to the Caliph al-Baghdadi, as the region is on the verge of a great battle by the U.S.-led coalition forces and the apostate Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG),” Ali reported.
“All citizens must join the ranks of the Mujahideen (ISIS militants) to stop the advance of these troops, in order to preserve the area and its people,” the source quoted ISIS spokesman as saying.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News