Syria al-Qaeda confiscates arms from former allies

22-02-2014

 

ARA News

Tel Abyad, Syria – On Thursday, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) confiscated more than 150 pieces of weapons in the village of Sikiriya, west of Tel Abyad city in Raqqa province. The weapons were in the possession of Arab tribal groups. The ISIL arrested all those who refused to deliver their arms.    

Mohammed Hassan, a resident of Sikiriya village, told ARA News that the ISIL campaign of confiscation of weapons in the ranks of Arab tribal groups came on the background of attacks carried out against the strongholds of ISIL in Tel Abyad city from unknown parties.

Although these tribes pledged allegiance to the al-Qaeda affiliated ISIL in November 2013, the tribal armed groups were suspected for the recent anti-ISIL attacks.   

Notably, the al-Haq Battalion −basically staffed by residents of Sikiriya village− joined the ranks of ISIL and is participating in carrying out attacks against villages under the control of the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in the western countryside of Tel Abyad city since 21st of July 2013, after the YPG forces took control over Sere Kaniye city/Ras al-Ain in Hasaka province. 

 

Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

 

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