Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State has executed thirty of its members in a Syrian region near borders with Iraq, a paramilitary leader in Anbar said on Tuesday.
Speaking to BasNews website, Qutri al-Samarmad, a leader with tribal mobilization forces in Anbar, said “information by the intelligence and eyewitnesses from Syrian regions said Islamic State executed thirty of its members in Hegeen region in Syria, near al-Bu Kamal town on borders with Iraq from the side of Qaim town in Anbar.”
The execution, according to Samarmad, “was carried out by shooting them, in collaboration with Syrian and Iraqi forces.”
Islamic State “worked on withdrawing communication devices from families of the members who were execution and prevented them from leaving their homes,” he said.
The militant group “still exists in Jazirat al-Furat and Hegeen regions in Syria as well as wide parts in the vicinity of al-Bu Kamal.”
The Iraqi-Syrian borders are under the control of joint troops of military and border guards.
Iraqi warplanes launched, last month, a new wave of air raids against outposts of the Islamic State group in Syria.
In April, Abadi denied intentions to intervene within Syrian affairs, saying airstrikes against Islamic State will continue.
Iraq had previously announced launching airstrikes against IS locations in Syria. This came after Abadi said security troops will follow IS militants in the whole region, not only in Iraq.
Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.