A 20-year-old ISIS fighter reportedly executed his own mother in public after she attempted to convince him to leave the terror network.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it received news reports about the Jan. 6 execution through a number of trustworthy local sources.
The Telegraph reports that the 45-year-old woman had planned to flee from her home near Raqqa, which ISIS claims as its capital. The woman, Leena, is believed to have told her son, Ali Saqr al-Qasem, that she wanted him to go with her.
Instead, Ali reported his mother to his ISIS superiors. The Observatory reports that the group sentenced her to death under the pretext of "inciting her son to leave the Islamic state and escaping together to the outside of Al-Raqqah, and that the Coalition will kill all members of the organization."
Ali reportedly shot his mother in the head with an assault rifle near Raqqa's main post office building, where she worked. As is common with ISIS' public executions, hundreds of people gathered to witness it.
The Telegraph reports that ISIS has executed a number of women in the past few weeks, including a citizen journalist named Ruqia Hassan who lived in Raqqa and reported on life under ISIS' rule. She went missing in July 2015, and her death was confirmed to her family on Jan. 2.
A recent video released by the group shows five men being executed for allegedly passing information on to an activist group.
There is speculation that the terror group has been experiencing faltering morale, particularly with its foreign fighters, according to The Telegraph.