It has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit
London : The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times newspaper said, reports AFP.
An activist opposed to both IS and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is well-known to the British business broadsheet, said he had “verified 100 executions” of foreign IS fighters trying to leave the jihadist group’s de facto capital.
IS fighters in Raqqa said the group has created a military police to clamp down on foreign fighters who do not report for duty.
Dozens of homes have been raided and many jihadists have been arrested, the FT reported.
Some jihadists have become disillusioned with the realities of fighting in Syria, reports have said.
According to the British press in October, five Britons, three French, two Germans and two Belgians wanted to return home after complaining that they ended up fighting against other rebel groups rather than Assad’s regime.
They were being held prisoner by IS. In total, between 30 and 50 Britons want to return but fear they face jail, according to researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, which had been contacted by one of the jihadists speaking on their behalf.
Since a US-led coalition began a campaign of air strikes against IS in August, the extremist group has lost ground to local forces and seen the number of its fighters killed rise significantly.
There have been a string of apparent setbacks for IS in recent weeks.
Jihadists taking bank loans for trip
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysians heading for Syria and Iraq to fight for the dreaded Islamic State have been taking out bank loans to fund their journey and lifestyle there, according to police. Investigation papers on at least five IS sympathisers, who were stopped from travelling there, showed that they had not only disposed of most of their properties, but had also applied for loans, some up to more than Rs 20 lakh, New Straits Times quoted police sources as saying. A 30-year-old man, who was arrested at the international airport here, had taken a loan, quit his job and had begun his trip. Brunei and India were supposed to be among his stops. The Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism Division said it would alert banks to stop extending loans to those they had strong grounds to believe were IS members sourcing for funds. Sources close to probe said many of these suspects had applied for loans with no intention of repaying them as their road to martyrdom was one way, the report said. This trend had begun for some time and that many of these suspects’ comrades in Syria and Iraq had done it before, the sources said.