Raqqa – The Islamic State (ISIS) radical group executed on Friday three young men in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa city on charges of spying for the US-led coalition.
The ISIS-led Hisba Police launched an arrest campaign in the al-Makf district of Raqqa. At least 11 people were arrested and taken into ISIS custody.
The Sharia Court of Raqqa convicted three of them with “treason” and sentenced them to death.
“The three men were executed by firing squad in central Raqqa on Friday evening,” local media activist Abdullah al-Jassim told ARA News.
The victims were identified as Muhammad Nour al-Khalaf, 21, Adel Ismael, 24, and Khalil al-Issa, 22.
Hundreds of people witnessed the execution, eyewitnesses told ARA News.
“ISIS accused them of leaking security information to the international coalition,” al-Jassim reported.
The US-led coalition has recently intensified its airstrikes against ISIS positions in Raqqa–which is deemed the ISIS de facto capital in Syria.
Roughly three weeks ago, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces launched the Euphrates Wrath Operation, with support from the US-led coalition. The operation’s long-term objective is the isolation and elimination of the Islamic State in Raqqa.
During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, SDF soldiers captured an area measuring approximately 560 km2, containing dozens of towns, villages and farms. Military sources told ARA News that more than 185 ISIS jihadists have been killed since November 6.
Meanwhile, ISIS has tightened its security measures inside the city of Raqqa. The group has arrested and punished dozens of people on charges of cooperating with the US-led coalition and the SDF.
On November 4, the Islamic State’s militants executed and crucified a woman in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate, after accusing her of spying for Kurdish forces, activists and eyewitnesses reported.
Asmaa Muhammad, 41, was arrested by the ISIS-led Islamic Police –also known as Diwan al-Hisba– in a village in Deir ez-Zor countryside under the pretext that she has communicated with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The YPG and other factions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been in fight with ISIS for more than two years.
The victim was arrested in the Hawij al-Bumaasa village in eastern Deir ez-Zor. “The Sharia Court accused her of spying for hostile Kurdish forces and ordered her execution,” local media activist Ahmed Ramadan told ARA News.
Asmaa was shot dead and then crucified in a public square in central Deir ez-Zor. Hundreds of people witnessed the brutal execution. “Her body was covered with blood when they brutally crucified her. They banned the people from approaching the body,” an eyewitness told ARA News.
On September 18, ISIS militants executed five young men in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate, after accusing them of ‘spying for enemies’. The ISIS-linked Hisba Police raided the town of al-Tarif west of Deir ez-Zor and arrested five men on suspicion of spying for rival groups.
The Sharia Court ordered the execution of the five civilians on charges of “treason” against the ISIS self-declared Caliphate.
“They were accused of spying on behalf of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces,” media activist Issam al-Hamid told ARA News in Deir ez-Zor.
ISIS militants beheaded the men a public square in al-Tarif town.
“The militants forced dozens of people to witness the brutal execution,” an eyewitness told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Also, on October 13, ISIS extremists beheaded seven civilians in the city of Mosul, after accusing them of spying for the Iraqi Army. Local sources told ARA News that the ISIS-led Islamic Police arrested seven men earlier on Wednesday. The men were accused of leaking information about the group’s deployments in Mosul city.
An ISIS-controlled Sharia court said in a statement that the suspects had communicated with Iraqi government officials. The court determined that those communications represented the men’s conscious abandonment of Islam.
“The arrested men were charged with treason, apostasy and spying for hostile troops,” local media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News. “They were beheaded in front of hundreds of people in central Mosul.”
Burned To Death
On September 22, ISIS burned six civilians to death in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate, after accusing them of ‘spying’.
The ISIS-led Islamic Police, also known as al-Hisba, arrested six young men in Mosul city. The ISIS leadership then accused them of leaking security information about the group’s movements in Mosul to the Kurdish Peshmerga army and US-led coalition.
The Sharia Court of Mosul said in a statement that after “interrogations” the suspects “confessed to have been cooperating with the Peshmerga and the crusader coalition” against the so-called Caliphate.
“The Sharia Court called for the most brutal punishment for those six young men. ISIS militants burned them to death in public on Thursday evening [Sept. 22,” local media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News.
The victims were charged with treason, according to the source.
“Hundreds of people witnessed the execution. Also, the victims’ families were forced to watch their sons being burned to death,” an eyewitness told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Reporting by: Haytham Mustafa | Source: ARA News