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OCN continues its efforts to call attention to the atrocities being committed in Syria and Iraq. It is difficult to see pictures and read stories of such atrocities, but the power of evil increases when the rest of the world turns a blind eye.
Activists are now reporting the public execution and crucifixion by ISIS of 8 rebel fighters in Syria. The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), as it calls itself, plans to leave the bodies hanging on crosses for 3 days.
The Daily Star in Lebanon has this report:
ISIS crucifies 8 rebels in Aleppo: activists
Agence France Presse
BEIRUT: A jihadist group in Syria has publicly executed and crucified eight rebels fighting both President Bashar Assad’s regime and the jihadists, an activist group said Sunday.
The report comes amid fierce clashes on the outskirts of Damascus between the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), which is spearheading a major offensive in Iraq, and rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“ISIS executed eight men in Deir Hafer in the east of Aleppo province” Saturday because they belonged to rebel groups that had fought against the jihadists as well as Assad’s forces, it said.
ISIS then “crucified them in the main square of the village, where their bodies will remain for three days”, the Britain-based group said.
Also in Aleppo province, a ninth man was crucified for eight hours as a form of punishment in Al-Bab town near the border with Turkey.
He survived the ordeal.
ISIS first emerged in Syria’s war in late spring last year and was initially welcomed by some Syrian rebels who believed its combat experience would help topple Assad.
But subsequent jihadist abuses quickly turned the Syrian opposition, including Islamists, against ISIS.
Rebels launched a major anti-ISIS offensive in January 2014, and have pushed them out of large swathes of Aleppo province and all of Idlib in the northwest.
However, ISIS remains firmly rooted in Raqqa, its northern Syrian headquarters, and wields significant power in Deir al-Zor in the east near the border with Iraq.
Activists say the group’s Iraq offensive and capture of heavy weapons – some of them U.S.-made – appears to have boosted its confidence in Syria.
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