Leaked Documents Reveal ISIS Tracked, Killed Prominent Civil Rights Lawyer

Opposition outlet Zaman al-Wasl delves into the Islamic State's security records to reveal what happened to missing revolutionary figure Abdullah Khalil after disappearing in Raqqa almost four years ago

Syrian human rights lawyer Abdullah al-Khalil disappeared in May 2013, 75 days after the eastern city of Raqqa was liberated and regime forces expelled from the area.

Khalil’s whereabouts and condition remain unknown until this day.

As one of the most prominent revolutionary figures in Raqqa, Khalil hastened to announce his alignment with the revolution from the beginning of the movement, a position which he paid for with regime harassment and repeated detention.

After Raqqa was liberated, Khalil was appointed as local council president, a position equitable to that of city governor.

Seen by many as a political activist defending freedoms, others, namely the Islamic State group, considered him a possible threat and placed him under surveillance. Ironically, it was these same people with whom Khalil celebrated the liberation of Raqqa.

Full report can be found here at Zaman al-Wasl's website.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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