Breaking: ISIS Executes 400 Syrian Soldiers in Palmyra
ISIS reportedly slaughtered over 400 Syrian soldiers in Palmyra this week after the terrorists captured the ancient Roman city.
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters have executed at least 400 people in Palmyra since capturing the ancient Syrian city four days ago, Syrian state media said on Sunday.
It was not immediately possible to verify the account, but it was consistent with reports by activists that the Islamist fighters had carried out executions since capturing the city from government troops.
The militants seized the city of 50,000 people, site of some of the world’s most extensive and best preserved ancient Roman ruins, on Wednesday, days after also capturing the city of Ramadi in neighboring Iraq.
The two near simultaneous victories were Islamic State’s biggest successes since a U.S.-led coalition began an air war against the fighters last year, and have forced an examination of whether the strategy is working.
The Sunni Muslim militants have proclaimed a caliphate to rule over all Muslims from territory they hold in both Syria and Iraq. They have a history of carrying out mass killings in towns and cities they capture, and of destroying ancient monuments which they consider evidence of paganism.
“The terrorists have killed more than 400 people.. and mutilated their bodies, under the pretext that they cooperated with the government and did not follow orders,” Syria’s state news agency said, citing residents inside the city.
— Terrormonitor.org (@Terror_Monitor) May 24, 2015
This photo was making the rounds on Twitter.
ISIS has a long history of stripping captured soldiers and young men, stripping them down to their underwear, dragging them out into a field and slaughtering them in a ditch.
And, many ISIS supporters are cheering the massacre.
@RamiAlLolah execute every single one of them…Allahu Akbar
— SonOfAdam (@ibnHlophe) May 23, 2015
— Anne Bayefsky (@AnneBayefsky) May 24, 2015