ISIS Beheads Top Tribesman in Tal Abyad

Member of the influential Baqara tribe killed by the hard-line group on charges of collaboration with Kurdish YPG forces

The Islamic State group beheaded a top tribesman in the border town of Tal Abyad after the man was accused of collaboration with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), pro-ISIS accounts reported on Saturday.

Khaled Dahham Ragheb al-Bashir, member of the powerful Baqara tribe, was executed by the group, who later published a photo of the beheading on Bashir's own Facebook page after gaining access to his mobile phone.

Early Saturday, ISIS fighters attacked the YPG-controlled town of Tal Abyad as well as the nearby town of Suluk.

A People’s Protection Units spokesman and Turkish security sources told Reuters that YPG and Kurdish internal forces were able to "crush this attack and encircle the attackers."

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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