Isis fighter kills his own mother

January 9, 2016 7:49 am

 This
image posted online by supporters of IS shows heavy damage in Ramadi,
, a day before Iraqi forces backed by US-led airstrikes, re-took the
city’s government complex. Photo / AP

An Islamic State fighter shot and killed his own mother before
onlookers at a public square in the Syrian city of Raqqa after he was
told that she was not a true believer, activists reported Friday, the
latest in IS’s brutal public killings over the past two years in the de
facto capital of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate.
The
killings – and there have been scores since IS blitzed across Iraq and
to capture large swaths of land in the summer of 2014 – are meant
to spread terror and intimidate opponents. Many have been captured on
camera, with the gruesome videos later posted on social media sites.
In
2014, a woman was stoned to death after IS charged her with adultery.
Last year, the group put a Jordanian pilot inside a metal cage, then set
him on fire, apparently also in Raqqa. The Islamic State has also
posted images of beheadings of captured foreigners, journalists and aid
workers, including Americans, British and those of other nationalities.

According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights, which tracks the Syrian conflict, 20-year-old IS fighter Ali
Sakr killed his mother in a public square in Raqqa on Thursday.
The
Observatory said the woman, Lina Qassem, who was in her 40s, was
originally from Syria’s coastal region but had been living in the
northern town of Tabqa for more than 20 years. The group said she was
trying to convince her son to leave the extremist group and flee Raqqa
but he in turn informed IS on her.
Abu Mohammed, a member of a
Raqqa-based activist group that reports on IS, known as Raqqa is Being
Slaughtered Silently, also reported the killing on his Twitter account.
The Observatory said it took place near the local post office building,
where Qassem worked.
Meanwhile, clashes in Iraq between a joint
Turkish-Iraqi force and Islamic State militants near a training camp
outside the northern city of Mosul left at least 18 IS fighters dead,
the Turkish president and a former Iraqi governor said Friday.
The
fighting erupted late on Thursday outside the Bashiqa camp, which was
at the center of a controversy last month when Turkey moved troops there
to protect Turkish trainers aiding local Sunni fighters hoping to take
back Mosul from the Islamic State group.
Baghdad has demanded
that Turkish troops withdraw, describing their presence as a violation
of international law. Ankara has pulled some troops out but not all.
Turkish
President Erdogan said on Friday that IS tried to infiltrate Bashiqa,
triggering the clashes. Former Iraqi governor Atheel al-Nujaifi, who
founded the training camp, said the attack was pre-empted.
But the commander of the training camp, Maj Gen. Mohammed Yahya, told The Associated Press that he was at the camp on Thursday night and there were no such clashes.
“There were airstrikes on IS targets, but there’s always airstrikes. Our troops were not involved in any fighting,” he insisted.
A
commander with the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces at the frontline near
the training camp said airstrikes killed 16 IS fighters there on
Thursday night. The commander, Saeed Mamuzini, said he was not aware of
any fighting between the Sunni-Turkish forces and the IS group.
The disparate accounts of the events Thursday night could not immediately be reconciled.

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