A well-respected Syrian human rights group is reporting that an Islamic State fighter has executed his own mother.
The report came from the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights in Britain, which told The Washington Post that a 20-year-old Syrian fighter shot his mother, who was thought to be 47, "in front of hundreds of people near the post office building . . . where she was employed," as the group put it in a statement. The mother and son had argued over his commitment to the Islamic State; after she objected to his service, he reported her to the extremist organization, which arrested her. The murder took place in Raqqa, the Islamic State stronghold.
"His mother spoke with him and asked him to leave ISIS and leave Raqqa to go to a different area of Syria and Turkey," Rami Abdulrahman of the Syrian Observatory said in a telephone interview, using an acronym for the Islamic State. ". . . After that he told ISIS and, 1-2-3, they arrest his mother." Though the Islamic State is known for its macabre execution videos, Abdulrahman said he was not aware the killing was videotaped.
Abdulrahman said that, since June 2014, the Syrian Observatory has documented the Islamic State killings of 3,707 people in Syria - a total that includes 2,001 civilians, 106 women and 77 children. He said that he thought he had heard of an Islamic State fighter who killed his father, but this was the first matricide he was aware of.
"It is the first time we've recorded this," he said.
The Washington Post's Hugh Naylor contributed to this report.