Qamishli – The Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday executed at least seven of its own jihadists, after charging them with “high treason.” Local activists reported that the militants’ actual offense was desertion.
Eyewitnesses told ARA News that the executed jihadists fled from the battles raging in Iraq’s northern Nineveh Governorate. The Kurdish Peshmerga and the Iraqi Army, backed by the US-led coalition, recently launched a major offensive to push ISIS out of northern Iraq.
“Those fighters had evacuated their posts in Mosul city […] without permission, heading to the Syrian border,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News.
The jihadists were arrested by ISIS-led Islamic Police, also known as Diwan al-Hisba, shortly after they crossed into Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate. “They were arrested at al-Bukamal border crossing on Sunday morning,” an informed source in Deir ez-Zor told ARA News.
The seven militants were convicted by the local Sharia court, which issued a statement castigating the condemned men for spreading dissent within the jihadists’ ranks. They were executed by firing squad in front of hundreds of onlookers.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh | Source: ARA News