- The Washington Times - Friday, November 15, 2013

Mohammed Fares Maroush signed up to fight the Assad regime as an Islamic rebel, but wound up beheaded — by his fellow warriors.

An al Qaeda-linked rebel group in Syria has apologized for beheading one of their own, after other members of the loosely knit alliance of rebels recognized his decapitated head in an online video, BBC News reported.


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In the video, members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) proudly display the head of who they thought was a member of President Bashar Assasd’s forces, when in reality they had executed one of their own commanders.

Another Islamist rebel group, Harakat Ahrar al-Sham, noticed the error, which prompted a spokesman for the guilty organization to say that Allah forgives those who accidentally kill a believer, The Daily Telegraph said.

In the fog of war, Fares Maroush is reported to have offered said prayers after being wounded that indicated he was a Shia, rather than Sunni, Muslim. His captors, Sunnis, then wrongly assumed his allegiance was with the Assad regime.