The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) has promoted a number of foreign jihadists to leading positions in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa Governorate, to replace senior local jihadists.
ISIS has replaced Syrian terrorists with foreign jihadists in positions of power in Raqqa Governorate.
Abu Saraqeb al-Maghribi, a Moroccan, is now the new Head of Security in Tabqa city in Raqqa Governorate, an informed source told ARA News. Tabqa city is under threat of facing an assault from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. Al-Maghribi was promoted after the Syrian head of security in Tabqa was arrested by ISIS on corruption charges, ARA News claimed.
An Egyptian, known as Abu Jandal al-Masri, is now the Chief of Information in Raqqa, who has replaced the Syrian jihadist Abu Ahmed al-Souri at the supposed request of the ISIS supreme leader al-Baghdadi.
Furthermore, the group has replaced another Syrian official with an Algerian, called Abu Muhammad al-Jazrawi. Al-Jazrawi was named as Chief of Hisba – or Islamic Police, the Ara News report continued.
Jawad al-Ali, a Syrian political analyst, told ARA News that promoting foreign jihadists to such leading positions “shows that ISIS no longer trusts its local members.”
“The Islamic State tries to take some preventive steps in a bid to avoid any breaches in its security institutions in Raqqa [ISIS’ de facto capital],” al-Ali said.
“However, isolating Syrian jihadist leaders in this way may lead to a serious internal conflict within the group,” he told ARA News.