Rabat - A group of approximately 75 fighters of Dutch and Moroccan origin was punished by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) for being defectors, according to Akhbar Al Yaoum.
Rabat – A group of approximately 75 fighters of Dutch and Moroccan origin was punished by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) for being defectors, according to Akhbar Al Yaoum.
The newspaper’s Wednesday issue said that ISIS considered the members of the group to be collaborating with “kuffar,” or unbelievers. In order to intimidate other fighters considering desertion, ISIS executed eight members of the group and imprisoned 65 others for treason.
The group of defectors was created by the initiative of 75 Dutch soldiers – some of Moroccan origin – who had been in disagreement with the terrorist group’s Iraqi commander for over a month.
The tension between the two sides escalated into gunfire, according to Akhbar Al Yaoum. ISIS sent over a delegate named Rikka to the rebel group in order to defuse the conflict. However, the Dutchmen killed him as revenge for the murder of one of their comrades. After the incident, ISIS ordered the execution and imprisonment of the remaining members of the group.
“ISIS has been experiencing a major wave of breakouts – all battalions are concerned,” Abderrahmane Mekkaoui, an expert on military and strategic affairs, told the newspaper. “The fighters who came from Western Europe and Morocco are the first to leave.”
The aborted escape attempts often become sanctioned executions, he added.
When ISIS does not conduct the executions with guns or heavy weaponry, they beat the prisoners to death. The goal, the newspaper said, is to set an example for those who are considering leaving the terrorist organization.
Former ISIS fighters who manage to escape are intercepted by international intelligence services on the other side of the borders of the so-called Islamic State. The fighters are then returned to their home countries where the local law enforcement investigates them.
The Dutch intelligence services, known an AIVD, estimate that two hundred Dutch citizens, including fifty women, have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq.