Islamic State hit by desertions and disgust at brutality

An Islamic State column enters Mosul last June. Source: AP

ISLAMIC State is facing increasing public disobedience and a ­rising numbers of defections, ­according to sources in two cities in Iraq and Syria.

They offered similar claims of morale falling and of defections among Islamic State fighters in Mosul and Raqqa, and told of ­displays of disaffection and resistance, and of rising incidences of corruption among officials.

An activist in Mosul, the ­extremist group’s stronghold in northern Iraq, said the killing of Jordanian pilot Mu’ath al-Kassasbeh had provoked widespread public disquiet, while the defeat of Islamic State at Kobane and the advance of Kurdish forces had led many to question whether the ­jihadists would be able to ­retain the city.

“People were thinking that ISIS would never leave the city and would for ever keep its hold on it, but now people are convinced that ISIS is only staying for so long, and their departure from the city is ­inevitable,” the source reported.

Activists using the name “Mosul Eye” said there was an unofficial strike by students at the city’s university, leaving it full of “ghost buildings”…