A Syrian man reportedly struck out alone against ISIS, murdering a judge who had sentenced three members of his family to death, including his brother.
The incident reportedly happened in the city of Manbij in the Aleppo province of northern Syria. Sources told Ahlul Bayt News Agency of the alleged incident, which took place on Tuesday.
“The young man has shot dead a Tunisian national, who served as a judge at the ISIS-linked Sharia Court in Manbij,” a source said.
“The same judge had ordered the beheading of at least three family members of the man, including his brother,” the source reported.
The story of the Syrian man who killed the ISIS judge doesn’t have a happy ending for ISIS opponents. The Syrian man killed himself afterward to avoid being captured by the terrorist group.
The desperate act took place as residents in the city risked their lives to speak out against ISIS. Dozens of protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the atrocities committed by ISIS. At least two of them were killed when the militants opened fire, the report noted.
“If we don’t go to Raqqa, who will?” U.S.-backed fighters in the closest town they hold to ISIS stronghold tonight: pic.twitter.com/4DzjFJcUQg
— Mike Giglio (@mike_giglio) November 19, 2015
This is not the first time that oppressed groups have taken up arms against ISIS, despite being often overwhelmingly outnumbered. Earlier this year, a Syrian Christian man captured an ISIS fighter and beheaded the militant, reportedly in vengeance for atrocities against civilians in the area.
“He took him prisoner and when he found out he was a member of Isis, the Assyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed by the group in the region,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights spokesman Rami Abdel Rahman told the Guardian.
As ISIS comes under greater pressure from civilians in areas of Syria and Iraq, the group is also under mounting pressure internationally. The terrorist attack on Paris last week has prompted a fast response from France, with president Francois Hollande promising a swift and ruthless response. On Thursday, he called for the attacks against ISIS to intensify, the Guardian noted.
“President François Hollande has issued a statement ordering the ‘intensification of ongoing military operations in the fight against Isis in Syria and in Iraq.’ This follows on from a meeting of the president’s Defence Council, which discussed the operations to apprehend those responsible (and their accomplices) for the 13 November attacks.”
Russia has also ramped up its attacks against ISIS after the terrorist group bombed a Russian jet charter in Egypt two weeks ago. Vladimir Putin has vowed to crush the militant group, and insiders say Russia could be planning a major assault against the group.
“It is very clear that Russia wants to sweep up the west of the country, taking Raqqa and all the oil and gas resources around Palmyra,” a source told the Express. “This is fast becoming a race to Raqqa – to secure the oil fields they need to cleanse the region of insurgents, and the IS capital is vital to do that.”
The group is also facing a cyber assault from the online collective group Anonymous, which has vowed to strike against the terrorist group’s online recruiting abilities. This week, within hours of announcing its intention to fight ISIS, groups linked to Anonymous identified thousands of Twitter accounts reportedly sympathetic to the group.
— The Hill (@thehill) November 19, 2015
It may be difficult — or even impossible — to prove the veracity of the story of the Syrian man who reportedly killed the ISIS judge. The militant group has exerted strict control over media in the region, and in the wake of the restricted access, there have been many rumors and unverified reports that are often taken as propaganda from each side.
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