Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS). File photo

ARA News

ERBIL ــ Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday executed one of its prominent leaders on charges of high treason in the city of Jarablus in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo. 

ISIS military commander in Jarablus, Abu Mustafa, was charged of high treason by the Sharia Court for attempting dissidence, local sources reported.  

Speaking to ARA News in Jarablus, media activist Nasser Taljbini said that ISIS beheaded Thursday its 40-year-old military commander Abu Mustafa in front of dozens of people in a public square in the city of Jarablus northern Aleppo on charges of fleeing the group’s ranks.

According to ISIS regulations, dissidence attempt from the groups ranks is regarded a ‘high treason’ and the perpetrator is being publicly executed. 

“The ISIS-linked Hisba Police arrested Abu Mustafa two days ago near the Turkish border in the western countryside of Jarablus, while trying to flee to Turkey,” Taljbini reported.

“After his arrest, the Sharia Court decided to behead the man in public on charges of ‘high treason’,” eyewitnesses told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

Local sources confirmed that another top leader of ISIS from Jarablus was killed during confrontations with Syrian opposition factions in Aleppo’s northern suburbs. 

On Wednesday, the ISIS senior leader, Abu Hadid, was killed along with six other militants during clashes with Syrian rebels in Aleppo’s north on the outskirts of the strategic town of al-Raee, Taljbini told ARA News.

He pointed out that the corpse Abu Hadid and his companions were brought to Jarablus on Thursday, while the place of their burial remains unspecified. 

Over the past few months, hundreds of ISIS militants and military commanders have tried to escape the group’s ranks and head towards the European countries, especially after the US-led coalition forces intensified airstrikes on financial resources and command centers of the militant group.

Also, Jarablus is one of the main targets at the moment for the Kurdish YPG forces. If they were able to retake it, they would be blocking one of the main routes in the face of foreign militants who continue to cross from Turkey into Syria in order to join their alleged Caliphate, according to military experts.

Reporting by: Salar Qassim

Source: ARA News

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