ISIS murders its own senior leader, Abu Usman al-Hassanamid for planning to stage a coup

Friends: Abu Usman al-Hassan – the top ISIS commander in Mosul and a member of the terror group’s advisory board – is said to have been a close friend of overall leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (pictured)
Jihadis fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq have brutally murdered one of their own senior leaders amid rumours that he was planning to stage a coup.

Abu Usman al-Hassan the top ISIS commander in its Mosul stronghold and a member of the terror group’s advisory board is believed to have been killed some time last week.

According to local reports, al-Hassan was sentenced to death following a short trial, at which he was formally accused of conspiracy. Having been found guilty of the crime, the jihadi was executed by an unknown method at an ISIS military base to the west of the city.

The execution of al-Hassan is understood to have caused major divisions within the Mosul branch of the terror group with a number of jihadis said to have abandoned their posts.

Scores of Syrian and Arab fighters – who make up the majority of ISIS’ fighting force in and around Mosul have already withdrawn in protest at the killing, according to Business Insider.

Those who have fled the city in frustration with Mosul’s new commanders are understood to have made their way to ISIS’ de facto capital in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

It is likely that once they arrive, they will either raise formal complaints against the execution of al-Hassan with the extremists’ leadership, or will apply to live and fight under the command of a different jihadi jurisdiction.

One witness, speaking to Iraq Press, was quoted as saying that the trial came after ongoing disagreements between al-Hassan and his deputies.

Others said it came as foreign jihadis gained influence in the area, effectively splitting Mosul into Arab and non-Arab camps. With the former likely to have been led by al-Hassan, that would explain why so many Arab jihadis have subsequently fled Mosul for Raqqa.

‘He was accused of conspiring against the ‘caliphate state,’ the local said without elaborating.

Terrorists: Abu Usman al-Hassan is understood to have been the top ISIS commander in its Mosul stronghold. The depraved jihadis (pictured) seized control of the city last June following a lightning advance
According to a number of sources on the ground in Syria and Iraq, al-Hassan was a close friend of the terror group’s leader overall leader the self-declared caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

It is not known how aware al-Baghdadi was about the trial and execution in advance, nor whether he supported the action.

According to many reports the terror leader was left severely disabled or even paralysed by an American air strike in western Iraq earlier this year, and that the day to day running of ISIS has passed over to one of his right hand men.

The news comes as the United States and its allies staged 18 air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq earlier this week in the latest round of daily attacks on the militant Islamic group.

Seven of the strikes focused on an area near Al Hasaka, Syria, hitting tactical units, vehicles and a tank, while targets near Ar Raqqa and Dayr Az Zawr also were hit.The strikes took place on Monday, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement revealed in a statement yesterday.

In Iraq, nine attacks near Baghdadi, Falluja, Haditha, Mosul and Waleed targeted a tunnel system, heavy equipment, a tactical unit, vehicles and a building.

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