Al Qaeda-linked fighters in Syria are asking for forgiveness after mistakenly beheading a fellow rebel, thinking that the man was a Shiite fighter from Iraq.

After video footage of members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant holding the severed head was released rebels in another Islamist group, Harakat Ahrar al-Sham, said they recognized the head as that of Mohammed Fares Maroush, one of their commanders.

From the BBC:

An al-Qaeda affiliated rebel group in Syria is reported to have asked for forgiveness after beheading a fellow rebel in a case of mistaken identity.

A video recently posted online showed members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) brandishing the severed, bearded head of a man.

They said was an Iraqi Shia caught fighting on the government side.

But other rebel fighters watching the video recognised the man and said he was one of their commanders.

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