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Report: Islamic State Fighter Executes His Mother

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An Islamic State fighter is reported to have executed his mother in the Syrian city of Raqqa after she asked him to leave the organization, according to a monitoring group.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the 20-year-old fighter shot his mother to death in front of hundreds of people at a central square on Wednesday.

The observatory said the woman, reported to be in her 40s, had tried to persuade him to leave Islamic State and flee the city with her.

She was detained after he informed the group of her comments.

Raqqa, a city of approximately 400,000 people, has become the Islamic State's de-facto capital. IS militants in the area have required all men and boys at least 14 years old to register with local “Islamic police” for service.

The Islamic State group, which controls wide areas of Syria and Iraq, has executed hundreds of people it has accused of working with its enemies or violating its ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam.

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