Islamic State (ISIS) militants are believed to have killed more than 150 captured Syrian soldiers in the last two days, the New York Times reported, citing a monitoring group.
Video images posted online Thursday appeared to show the men being marched through the desert in their underwear. Later the men are shown lying facedown on the ground, apparently dead.
The video of jihadist fighters taunting humiliated, nearly naked men as they were led to their death were horrifying, sending shock waves through Syrian communities, the report said.
The mass killing of the soldiers represented a dark end to the battle for control of the Tabqa air base in Syria’s Raqqa Province, the paper said. The insurgents seized the base on Sunday after the deadliest fighting so far between ISIS and government forces.
The killings were reported on the same day that Syrian rebel fighters captured 43 United Nations peacekeepers near the demarcation line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
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