The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released yesterday a video showing a Jihadi-John style executioner beheading a captive identified as Abdullah Bashir Anas, a member of the Saudi-funded Jaysh Al-Fateh who is in charge of the groups’ depots in Qalamoun to the northeast of Damascus.
The abhorrent video is seen by many as a ‘disparate attempt’ by the world-terror group to deflect attention from the huge loss in Tal Abyad city (located on the far north along the Turkish border) where the Kurdish forces (PYG), supported by US-led coalition airstrikes took over the city a couple of days ago.
Abdullah Bashir Anas joined Sa’ad Bin Abi Waqqas battalion, an armed group affiliated with Jaysh Al- Islam, and fought against the Syrian Army in Eastern Ghouta. He was then transferred to Jordan to receive medical care after being severely injured. Later, he came back to Syria but couldn’t make it to Easter Ghouta from Qalamoun which was besieged by the Syrian Army. There, he was captures by ISIS.