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'IS' claims activists murder in Turkey

Responsibility for the murders of two Syrian media activists inside Turkey has been claimed by the "Islamic State" group in a video. The activists had documented the jihadists' brutal rule inside Syria.

The video posted online early Monday showed the body of activist Fares Hamadi who was found murdered last Friday in an apartment in Sanliurfa, a southern Turkish city near Syria.

Also murdered was fellow media activist Ibrahim Abdul-Qadir.

Both had belonged to a collective which document atrocities by the Islamic State jihadist group's in its defacto capital, Raqqa, in northern Syria.

IS seized Raqqa in July 2013 when it was full of refugees from Syria's civil war.

Macarbe threat

Twisting the collective's name, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), the amateur IS video warned on Monday that "every apostate" should know that he, too, would be "slaughtered silently."

Hamadi's body was shown with his throat slit. Abdul Qader's body was not shown, and the video did not make clear when or where exactly the two men were killed.

Another RBSS activist, Abu Mohammad, told the news agency AFP that it was the first time that a member had been murdered outside war-torn Syria. Previously, group activists had been killed by IS inside Syria.

Turkish authorities have long been accused of allowing IS members slip back and forth across Turkey's 911-kilometer (566-mile) border with Syria.

Those accusations have come from Syrian opposition activists, Kurdish fighters and sometimes even Western NATO partners.

Kuwaiti court jails fundraisers

AFP also reported Monday that a Kuwaiti court had sentenced five men each to 10 years jail for raising funds for the IS group.

They were accused of raising about $1.3 million (1.2 million euros) in Kuwait and transferring funds to IS.

AFP said three of those convicted were Kuwaiti citizens. The two others were foreigners, who would be deported after serving the jail term.

Two others were acquitted.

Kuwaiti courts have issued several rulings against IS supporters over the past year.

ipj/kms (AFP, AP)

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