Group ‘executes’ two young Saudis in Syria

Group ‘executes’ two young Saudis in Syria
Updated 30 March 2014

Group ‘executes’ two young Saudis in Syria

Group ‘executes’ two young Saudis in Syria

An unverified video appeared on social media sites on Friday purportedly showing a jihadi group executing two young Saudis in Syria.
The clip showed the perpetrators shooting the two young men, aged 21 and 24, with a pistol and machine gun.
The video clip also reveals the name of a leading member of the group who had convinced the two young men to leave the Kingdom and fight in Syria. He is known by the nickname Abu Aisha, and is from Qassim.
While the video could not be independently verified, several people on social networking sites called on the authorities to find and prosecute the individual.
The Interior Ministry has included the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the ISIL or “Daash,” and the Al-Nusra Front, on its list of terrorist organizations.
Meanwhile, the television program, Homomena, hosted two young individuals on Friday who had returned from Syria. Mohammed Al-Otaibi and Suleiman Alfaifi spoke extensively about their experiences.
Al-Otaibi, 26, is a former diploma student who was sent to study abroad on a scholarship program, while Alfaifi is married with three children.
The program started with Sheikh Al-Albani calling in to the program and saying that countries should participate in jihad, not individuals.
Al-Otaibi and Alfaifi said that they had taken personal decisions to fight in Syria. They entered Syria with the help of smugglers and joined the ISIL. Al-Otaibi said he met a group of young Saudis in the organization who convinced him to join them.
Alfaifi revealed that ISIL leaders always placed Saudis on the front lines and played on the emotions of younger citizens to go on suicide missions.
He claimed there were no Syrians and Iraqis carrying out suicide operations, and that the organization's leaders always hid their faces.
“We did not have a single contact with these leaders. We were never able to ask them any question,” said Alfaifi.
Al-Otaibi and Alfaifi said that Saudis often fought against other Saudis. As time passed, they became depressed as they no longer knew who the enemy was, they said.