New rifts arise between foreign and local jihadists of ISIS in Mosul, 14 killed

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – A new surge of rifts hit the ranks of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the Qayyarah district of Mosul, in northern Iraq, and turned into a real battle that claimed lives of several leading members of the group, an informed source reported on Sunday.

The rifts emerged between local IS leading members (aka Ansar) and foreign jihadists of the group (aka Muhajirin/foreign fighters), according to the source.

“Differences broke out regarding sharing money they receive through spoils gained from some of the civilian homes left behind by their owners,” media activist R.J. told ARA News in Mosul.

“The homes belonged to those IS described as ‘Rafida’ (in reference to Shiite sect of Iraqis) that fled the area following IS control over large parts of Nineveh province, including Mosul, nearly one year ago,” he said.

The source pointed out that the IS foreign members were seeking to acquire the bulk of the funds and positions in the group’s gains as well as living in luxurious houses, selecting the best car models, while the Ansar (local IS militants) were those soldiers who just served them and participated in the battles without receiving even a quarter of what they (foreign militants) earned from the spoils.

“This is what angered the local IS jihadists, causing clashes which led to the death of nearly 14 members, including prominent leaders of foreign fighters,” the source told ARA News

Earlier reports showed that the most of IS foreign members are transferring their money to their home countries through relatives. 


Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf

Source: ARA News

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