|Thugs in the Youtube video are shown in the city of Aleppo holding the decapitated head in front of a crowd of people, some of whom are taking photos and video.|
Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham are shown in a graphic video (Warning: Graphic images) clutching the head of a bearded victim while claiming he was a hated member of an Iraqi Shia group fighting for President Bashar al-Assad, the paper reports.
But the killers soon learned that the victim, Mohammed Fares, was actually an allied fighter for Ahrar al-Sham, a Sunni Islamist group that fights alongside their own group of Al Qaeda-linked thugs.
The rebel group apologized for the gruesome case of mistaken identity on Thursday , asking for “understanding and forgiveness.”
Fares is believed to have been wounded during a battle outside of Aleppo then taken to a hospital by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. He may have been captured and mistaken for a Shia fighter because of his wounds.
Assad forces have been fighting to claim the city of Aleppo for the past two weeks.
Fares is also shown in a past Youtube video speaking with Syrian rebels.
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