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Jihadists say Syria rebel ‘beheaded in error’


Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria have admitted beheading a fellow rebel by mistake after believing him to be an Iraqi Shiite fighting alongside the Syrian army, a watchdog said on Friday.
A video posted on the Internet on Wednesday showed two members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holding up a bearded man’s head before a crowd in Aleppo in northern Syria.
They said he was an Iraqi Shiite who had been fighting among the ranks of Syrian government forces.
“Some minutes after the video was posted, the man was identified as Mohammed Marroush, a fighter with rebel group Ahrar al-Sham”.
The Islamist Ahrar al-Sham is an ISIL ally.
“ISIL later admitted the rebel had been killed by mistake and said it had arrested one of its men, a Tunisian, for decapitating him. He was referred to their Islamic court.”
The second man, also a foreign fighter and from the Gulf, has not been detained.
“The two ISIL men deduced he was a Shiite fighter and cut his head off,” it added, calling the decapitation “a war crime”.

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