Date
13 December 2017
Islamic militants have killed 116 foreigners trying to leave the group and return home, according to a human rights monitor. Photo: NBC News
Islamic militants have killed 116 foreigners trying to leave the group and return home, according to a human rights monitor. Photo: NBC News

Syria monitor: Islamic State executed 2,000 in 6 months

More than 2,000 people, mostly civilians, have been executed by Islamic State militants in the past six months.

The militants killed 1,878 people in Syria and 120 of their own members, mostly foreigners trying to return home, according to a British-based Syrian monitoring organization cited by Reuters.

Islamic State also killed 120 of its own members, most of them foreign fighters trying to return home in the past two months, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the Syrian monitoring group, told Reuters that Islamic State killed 1,175 civilians, including eight women and four children.

Abdulrahman, who gathers information from all sides of the Syrian conflict, said that Islamic State also executed 502 soldiers fighting for President Bashar al-Assad and 81 anti-Assad insurgents.

He said that 116 foreign fighters who had joined Islamic State but later wanted to return home, were executed in the Syrian provinces of Deir Al-Zor, Raqqa and Hassakeh since November. Four other Islamic State fighters were killed on other charges, Abdulrahman said.

An overwhelming number of the group’s victims have been from the Syrian population.

Abdulrahman said 930 of the civilians were members of the Sheitaat, a Sunni Muslim tribe from eastern Syria which fought Islamic State for control of two oilfields in August.

The militant group has taken vast parts of Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate in June.

Since then, it has fought the Syrian and Iraqi governments, other insurgents and Kurdish forces.

Islamic State has publicized beheadings and stoning of many people in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq for actions it sees as violating its reading of Islamic law, such as adultery, homosexuality, stealing and blasphemy.

The group, an offshoot of al Qaeda, has also released videos of executions of captured enemy fighters, activists and journalists.

It beheaded two American journalists, and one American and two British aid workers this year in attempts to put pressure on a US-led international coalition, which has been bombing its fighters in Syria since September.

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