Abdullah al-khalil is a human rights lawyer and the head of the local council for al-Raqqa Governorate. Abdullah al-Khalil has been arrested by government forces five times since 2011 on account of his work as a lawyer defending political prisoners and promoting human rights. On 18 May 2013 he was taken away by unidentified armed individuals as he left his office in the north eastern city of al-Raqqa. On 14 November 2013, his house was seized by members of the Islamic State of Irak and Syria (ISIS) who hung their sign on the font of the house. His fate and whereabouts still remain unknown.