On December 5, ISIS’ news agency, Amaq, released photos showing the execution of two men in the northeastern region of Syria, which is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The first man, Musa al-Hashim, was executed by ISIS terrorists with a bullet to the head on December 4. According to Amaq’s claims, al-Hashim was working as a spy for the U.S.-led coalition, the main backer of the SDF.
Local sources denied ISIS’ claims. The sources said al-Hashim, a refugee from al-Hasakah city, was abducted by ISIS terrorists from his home in the town of al-Shheell in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside.
The second man was executed by ISIS a day later in a similar fashion near the town of al-Secher, which is also located in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
Amaq said the man, named Raed Hussein, was a commander of the SDF. The agency shared photos of an assault rifle and documents of the SDF’s security forces, Asyash, which were allegedly found with Hussein.
During 2020, the SDF and the U.S.-led coalition stepped up their operations against ISIS cells in northeastern Syria. The terrorist group, however, is still active in the region.
ISIS is taking advantage of the rising tension between the Kurdish-led SDF and Arab population in northwestern Syria to spread its influence in the region. The SDF is yet to address this issue, which seems to be growing.
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