ISIS Claims It's on an Execution Spree in Syria
Rights group says up to 65 soldiers slaughtered; militants say 200
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2014 9:14 AM CDT
A sign showing the direction and distance to cities stands as a metal board in the shape of a gunman at an observation point in Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria, on Aug. 28, 2014.   (Ariel Schalit)

(Newser) – The Islamic State group has killed dozens of Syrian soldiers it captured after overrunning a military base in northeastern Syria, shooting some and using knives on others in the latest brutal mass killing attributed to the extremists, activists said today. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants rounded up the soldiers in the arid countryside yesterday near the Tabqa airfield, three days after seizing the base in heavy fighting. The government troops were among a large group of soldiers from the base who were stuck behind the front lines after the airfield fell to the jihadi fighters.

Observatory director Rami Abdurrahman said the extremists killed up to 65 soldiers. A statement posted online and circulated on Twitter by supporters of the Islamic State group claimed the extremists killed "about 200" government prisoners captured near Tabqa. It also showed photographs of what it said were the prisoners: young men stripped down to their underwear marching in the desert. The photos could not immediately be verified, but they correspond to other AP reporting.

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Aug 29, 2014 9:56 AM CDT
Well I am glad to hear someone is finally acknowledging and doing something about the world's overpopulation problem. Who would have thought that ISIS would be such good stewards of this planet...good for them! Yay Islam!!!
Aug 28, 2014 3:18 PM CDT
All the more reason to fight to the death, because being captured means the same thing. Rather go down fighting than be captured and beheaded. What a bunch of animals, justifying it with twisted religious ideology.
Aug 28, 2014 1:17 PM CDT
"If we don't stop the Communists in Southeast Asia, then the U.S. is in imminent danger." -- 1960's "If we don't stop the Sandinistas in Central America, then the U.S. is in imminent danger."--1980's "If we don't stop Al Qaeda in the Middle East, then the U.S. is in imminent danger." -- 2000's "If we don't stop ISIS in the Middle East, then the U.S. REALLY is in imminent danger." -- 2014