Rifts emerge among ISIS militants


ARA News 

Suruc, Turkey – The militant Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) arrested several of its members in Raqqa on charges of planning a coup against the group’s leadership, activists reported.

The IS released a videotape showing the confessions of four people in Turkish, saying they had planned a coup against the Islamic State and were preparing to destabilize security in the IS-held areas. 

“They embraced religious ideas more stringently than those adopted by the Islamic State,” one of the members said in the videotape.

“Members of the cell planned to overthrow the Caliphate by force.”

Based on the videotape, four Turkish speakers revealed their intention to take up arms against the IS group, arguing that the IS militants are infidels as they did not consider Syrians and Iraqis as “non-believers”.

“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, IS leader, takes money from the infidels (Syrians and Iraqis),” a member of the alleged anti-IS cell said. 

Speaking to ARA News, human rights activist Abdul Majid Salqini said that this incident indicates how fragile the structure is that holds together terrorists from all over the world in the ranks of the IS group.

“The group might face greater challenges, splits and rifts in future,” Salqini said. 

“The difference in the level of extremism among the group’s members creates disharmony, which could be a serious threat to the IS cohesion.”

Noteworthy, the IS group has recently executed dozens of its members on charges of disloyalty and defection. Last week the radical group beheaded about 100 insurgents in Syria’s Raqqa for alleged intention to defect.


Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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