Friday, January 2, 2015

Some good news: Saudi ISIS cleric killed in northern Syria

It figures a Saudi cleric would join Islamic State — there really isn't much difference between Saudi Arabia and ISIS.
BEIRUT (AP) — A Saudi cleric with the Islamic state group has been killed in the northern Syrian town of Kobani that has been witnessing intense clashes for months between jihadis and Kurdish gunmen, activists said Friday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Othman al-Nazeh al-Assiri was killed Thursday while battling Kurdish fighters in Kobani.

Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, including the Raqqa Media Center, which operates in areas under IS control, said al-Assiri was killed in an airstrike on Kobani by the U.S.-led coalition.

Kurdish Democratic Union Party spokesman Nawaf Khalil said he has no confirmation that al-Assiri was killed while battling the members of the local Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units or YPG.

Al-Assiri was known Sharia official with the Islamic State group and used to lead sermons at a mosque in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.