A Saudi national who had previously worked as a doctor before joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been killed, according to social media accounts on Monday.
It is not clear how Faisal bin Shaman al-Aanzi died was killed. But militants of ISIS, which has recently declared an “Islamic caliphate” in areas it controls between Iraq and Syria, are engaged in continuous fighting against various military forces in Iraq and Syria.
According to one account, he was blown up in a booby-trapped car, while another account said he was killed while tending to injured militants in an ISIS base which was shelled.
Aanzi may have been responding to a call issued earlier this month by ISIS’s leader and self-appointed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, for skilled Muslims – including doctors and engineers – to flock to its newly-declared pan-Islamic state.
“Those who can immigrate to the Islamic State should immigrate, as immigration to the house of Islam is a duty,” said Baghdadi.
The ISIS chief added that his appeal especially applied to “judges and those who have military and managerial and service skills, and doctors and engineers in all fields.”
Although the group has for some months ruled areas of Syria under its own hardline version of Sharia law, with strict laws banning alcohol and tobacco, and harsh punishments for violators, its shock takeover of Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul in early June gave the group a firm foothold to establish its expansive pan-Islamic state.
As well as attempting to invade more territory further into Iraq and Syria, the group has set its sights on organized governance – reportedly tearing down security barriers to open roads, restoring electricity lines, and paying municipal employees.