Marched to their deaths: Sickening ISIS slaughter continues as 250 soldiers 

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‘Another ISIS war crime’: Footage and photographs have emerged of Islamic State fighters marching more than 200 soldiers across the desert to their deaths in only their underwear after capturing Syria‘s Tabqa air base

Marched to their deaths: Sickening ISIS slaughter continues as 250 soldiers captured at Syrian airbase are stripped then led to the desert for mass execution

  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT 
  • Startling footage of vast pile of bodies circulated today on social media
  • Men in only their underwear form a long line stretching across the desert
  • Islamic State fighter said men were from Taqba air base, captured this week
  • Human Rights Watch described shocking video as ‘another ISIS war crime’

 

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WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT 

‘Another ISIS war crime’: Footage and photographs have emerged of Islamic State fighters marching more than 200 soldiers across the desert to their deaths in only their underwear after capturing Syria‘s Tabqa air base

Horror: The video, too graphic to be published in full, fades to black before revealing a chain of men's bodies

Horror: The video, too graphic to be published in full, fades to black before revealing a chain of men's bodies

Horror: The video, too graphic to be published in full, fades to black before revealing a chain of men’s bodies

As the horrific footage progresses it pans slowly across a vast line of men who appear to be dead, and whose bodies have been laid out one by one.

The line forms a slow crescent across the desert, seemingly stretching to the horizon as militants stand beside it. Eventually, after more than a minute, the cameraman reaches the end of the line.

At least 150 bodies are visible in the shaky video. Its description on Youtube said it showed the execution of Army officers and Nusayri people, a significant minority of Shia Muslims in Syria.

A caption to another version of the video said: ‘The 250 shabeeha taken captive by the Islamic State from Tabqa in Raqqa have been executed,’ referring to the Islamist name for soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Talking to Reuters via the Internet, an Islamic State fighter in Raqqa added: ‘Yes we have executed them all.’

Marched: Earlier stills from the video showed men being paraded in their underwear and ordered to chant

Marched: Earlier stills from the video showed men being paraded in their underwear and ordered to chant

Marched: Earlier stills from the video showed men being paraded in their underwear and ordered to chant

Before they were killed, the men’s captors chanted ‘Islamic State’ – to which they replied: ‘It will remain’.

Nadim Houry, deputy director of Human Rights Watch for the Middle East, described the video as ‘another ISIS war crime’.

The captured men were escorted closely by Islamic State militants dressed in black and waving flags

The captured men were escorted closely by Islamic State militants dressed in black and waving flags

The photos and reported mass killing underscored how the group uses images of violence as much as violence itself to terrorise its opponents, as it sweeps further into Syria and Iraq.

Yesterday a UN commission accused the extremist group of committing crimes against humanity in Syria.

Previous video footage has suggested the Islamic State fighters are widening their arsenal, with a promotional film showing reconnaissance footage of an army base which appears to have been shot from a drone.

The extremists have also released glossy magazines in English featuring mutilated bodies to promote their cause in the West.

The Home Secretary has sounded fresh warnings over the radicalisation of young Brits, with authorities fearing around 500 have joined an array of jihadi groups in Iraq and Syria.

Islamic State won a week-long battle on Sunday to capture the Taqba base, which is 25 miles from their Syrian stronghold in Raqqa.

There they have declared a self-styled caliphate, a Sunni regime ordering its subjects to operate under an extreme interpretation of Sharia law.

It has opened up three fronts in the fighting in Syria, which is already home to a bloody and long-running civil war between President Assad’s forces and anti-government rebels.

Today CNN claimed the militants in Iraq have also been burning oil wells near the town of Zummar, which is crucial because it is near a road which links Mosul to the Syrian border.

The network suggested fighters are attempting to ‘cover their tracks’ as Kurdish Peshmerga fighters draw closer.

Captured: A resident of Taqba waves the Islamic State flag on Sunday after militants seized the nearby air base

Captured: A resident of Taqba waves the Islamic State flag on Sunday after militants seized the nearby air base

Sprawling: An image of what is believed to be the air base, just south of the city of Tabqa, shows its long fence

Sprawling: An image of what is believed to be the air base, just south of the city of Tabqa, shows its long fence

Arsenal: Campaigners say the base contained weapons and jets which may now be used by the militants

Arsenal: Campaigners say the base contained weapons and jets which may now be used by the militants

Source: The Daily Mail UK

 

 

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