Islamic State executes member of US-backed Syrian rebel group

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NSA member Muhammad Awad was seen in a new video released by ISIS media office in Syria's Homs

ARA News

HOMS Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) have executed a Syrian rebel fighter in Homs province on charges of fighting against the group’s self-declared Caliphate. 

Muhammad Awad, a member of the US-backed New Syrian Army (NSA), was beheaded by ISIS on Friday.

The radical group released a propaganda video showing the beheading of Awad after accusing him of cooperating with the ‘crusader coalition’ in the fight against the so-called ‘Caliphate’. 

The New Syrian Army, which was founded by army defectors in November of 2015, consists of thousands of Syrian rebels who received training by the US-led coalition in Jordan before being engaged in fighting against ISIS in southern and eastern Syria.

Speaking to ARA News in Homs, media activist Badee al-Homsi said that ISIS has captured a number of NSA rebels after clashes in the eastern Deir ez-Zor province and aims to behead them “one by one”.

“The radical group is filming the execution of the US-backed NSA hostages in different parts of Syria, in order to deliver a message that it’s still in control of large territories across the country despite the continuous efforts by the coalition and allied ground troops to eliminate ISIS in Syria,” al-Homsi said. “The group made clear that the execution of Awad was just the beginning of a series of executions against western-backed rebel fighters held by ISIS.”   

Reporting by: Sadraddin Kino

Source: ARA News

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