Achilleas Zavallis/The Guardian
Foreign fighters reportedly executed after launching attack against Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
by Martin Chulov in Baghouz, eastern Syria
Sun 10 Feb 2019
Fresh details have emerged of the coup attempt against Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with witnesses claiming foreign members of the terror group lost a two-day battle with his bodyguards before being rounded up and executed.
A witness who spoke to the Guardian after being smuggled from the last hamlet in eastern Syria held by Isis, said the clash took place in al Keshma, a village next to Baghouz in September, three months earlier than regional intelligence officials believed it had taken place.
“I saw him with my own eyes,” said Jumah Hamdi Hamdan, 53. “He was in Keshma and in September the Khawarij (infidels) tried to capture him.
“The fighting was very intense, they had tunnels between houses. They were mainly Tunisians and there were many people killed.”