ISIS Executes Eight Dutch Jihadists for Attempting to Desert

Executions reported by the citizen journalist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS,) which monitors abuses in the ISIS capital.

An Islamic State fighter holds an ISIS flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, Iraq, in a June 23, 2014.
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Eight Dutch members of the Islamic State (ISIS) have been executed by the organization for attempting to desert, the Guardian website reported yesterday.

News of the executions was provided by Abu Mohammad, a member of the citizen journalist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS,) via Twitter on Monday.

“Daesh (ISIS) executed eight Dutch fighters on Friday in Maadan, Raqqa province, after accusing them of attempting desertion and mutiny,” Mohammad said.

RBSS, which documents abuses by ISIS, said tensions between some 75 Dutch jihadis and ISIS intelligence operatives from Iraq had boiled over in the past month.

As reported by RBSS, a Dutch jihadi was beaten to death during interrogation after he and two colleagues were arrested in Iraq on suspicion of wanting to flee ISIS.

A delegate sent by ISIS leaders in Raqqa to resolve the dispute was then murdered by members of the Dutch cell, according to RBSS.

As a result, the ISIS leadership in Iraq arrested all the members of the Dutch group and imprisoned them in Tabaqa and Maadan in Syria. The eight who were subsequently executed were from that group, RBSS said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict, could not confirm the report.

About 200 people from the Netherlands, including 50 women, have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq, according to the Dutch secret services.