Islamic State executes more than 160 Syria troops

Beirut - Islamic State fighters have executed more than 160 Syrian soldiers it captured during its storming of a key northern air base this week, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

The jihadists boasted on Twitter that they had killed 200 defeated troops and posted video of what they said was the garrison in headlong flight.

"IS executed more than 160 Syrian soldiers in three different places in Raqa province yesterday and at dawn today," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The soldiers were fleeing the jihadists' seizure of the Tabqa base on Sunday, which cemented IS control over Raqa province, capital of its self-declared Islamic "caliphate".

Abdel Rahman said the defeated garrison comprised 1 400 soldiers, 200 of whom were killed and 700 of whom managed to escape.

Of the other 500, dozens were captured on Wednesday night as they attempted to cross the desert to government-held territory in the Orontes Valley to the west.

IS posted video footage showing young men in underwear being marched barefoot along a desert road. Militants shouted "Islamic State" and "There's no going back".

In Syria, the group controls all of Raqa province and much of Deir Ezzor further down the Euphrates Valley towards the Iraqi border.

It also controls most of the Sunni Arab heartland of neighbouring Iraq, north and west of Baghdad, including second city Mosul.

It has repeatedly posted often gruesome videos, both as a warning to those joining up to the Syrian army and as a propaganda tool to recruit volunteers from the wider Islamic world.

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Brad Hirschman 2014-08-28 09:15:52 PM
No-one up in arms about this? This is like an apartheid state. Oh wait, who cares if these kill those!
Darren Marcus 2014-08-28 09:17:58 PM
How can you believe any G-D would want you to kill anyone ? For what ? Sick belief these Stone Age terrorists have ! Monsters ! The stuff Steven king couldn't even make up !
rorypreddy 2014-08-28 09:20:08 PM
Apartheid state! Boycott disinvest sanction. Dont trade with ISIS! New book out - why ISIS?
Motofogo Mulilo 2014-08-28 10:00:54 PM
When Russia told the world that IS was the problem nobody listened. Now US seems to agree but there is a "small" issue of Asad. So will they go on Assad's side just to deal with IS? But that will mean being on same side with Russia. Yet again Russian intelligence triumphs.
Hauke Liefferink 2014-08-28 10:18:33 PM
It's assad time for the middle east...
Abner Mophethe 2014-08-29 07:20:33 AM
The IS was solely formed for sabotaging Obama's decision to withdraw american troops from IragNthe fact is americans love war and weapon makers love their money even more so now they have an excuse to get his black ass out of office and put in a white hero who is gonna (destroy) the IS
Motormanpete 2014-08-29 07:28:13 AM
Another example of the violence of Islam.
Shaun Rimer 2014-08-29 07:34:19 AM
Funny how not a single Muslim here condemning this, like they condemned Israel for defending itself, from Hamas' attacks on its population. Fortunately along with Israel there is the USA and they are going to kick the living crap out of IS. What I say to all Jihadists, "Jihad it works both ways ask Hamas!"
Ricky Singh 2014-08-29 09:30:22 AM
So Saddam was'nt so bad after all.Look at this lot called ISIS, the embodiment of evil.Yet some country which created the mess has now got to go and mop it up.Its called Karma.