Islamic State executes seven of its own militants for escaping battlefront in Iraq

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A snapshot from an ISIS execution video. File photo

ARA News

DUHOK – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday executed seven of its own militants on charges of treason, local sources in Iraq’s northwestern Mosul city reported.

The seven militants were accused of escaping the battlefront in the Sharqat district south of Mosul, where heavy fighting continued between ISIS and the Iraqi army. 

“The Sharia Court accused them of high treason. They were subsequently executed in central Mosul amid the attendance of dozens of ISIS members as well as residents from the city,” media activist Munzir Hussein told ARA News in Mosul.

“A Sharia official read a statement before the execution was conducted, saying those who flee the jihad fronts are enemies of Allah and unbelievers, and that they deserve death,” the source reported.

Dissidence

In early May, ISIS has executed eight of its own militants on charges of attempting dissidence in the city of Manbij in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo. 

Local activists confirmed that ISIS has executed its own militants for trying to desert the group’s ranks and flee to Turkey. 

Speaking to ARA News in Manbij, media activist Nasser Taljbini said that ISIS militants who observe Syria-Turkey borderline near their areas of control have arrested several members of the group while trying to escape and cross the border into Turkey. 

“The arrestees, including jihadis from several Arab nationalities, were executed by firing squad on Tuesday near the Ittihad University building west of Manbij,” the source reported. 

Taljbini pointed out that a masked member from the Sharia Court in Manbij explained the reason behind executing the militants, saying “these are traitors for the Caliphate”.

In February, ISIS-linked border guards were able to capture an ISIS militant, a Tunisian national, along with his Chechen wife, in the city of Jarablus northern Syria, while trying to flee the group’s ranks to Turkey, according to local sources.

“ISIS border guards were able to capture the Tunisian militant and his wife near the Turkish border in the western suburbs of Jarablus before crossing border into Turkey,” media activist J.S., based in Jarablus, told ARA News, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The source pointed out the arrestees were taken to the ISIS’s Sharia Court in Jarablus for interrogation.

Several reports confirmed that many ISIS militants have deserted the group’s ranks recently, especially in the areas under its control in Jarablus, Manbij, and al-Bab in Aleppo suburbs near the Turkish border.

Reporting by: Ali Issa 

Source: ARA News

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