Islamic State militants behead 15 hostages from the western-backed Syrian rebels

A snapshot from an ISIS execution video. File photo

ARA News

ERBIL – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) executed on Saturday at least 15 rebel fighters from the Jaish al-Thuwar group in Syria’s northeastern province of Raqqa, military sources reported.

Rebels of Jaish al-Thuwar fight under the umbrella of the western–backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) –the most powerful Kurdish-Arab coalition fighting against the ISIS terror group in northern Syria.

ISIS militants had taken dozens of SDF fighters as hostages subsequent to clashes in the northern countryside of Raqqa.

“At least 15 fighters from the Jaish al-Thuwar rebel group were beheaded at the hands of ISIS terrorists on Saturday,” a spokesman for the SDF confirmed in an interview with ARA News.

“ISIS tries to intimidate the SDF forces by such actions, especially after our units have made remarkable gains against the terror group in Hasakah and the northern countrysides of Raqqa and Aleppo,” he said.

“Our message to those barbarians is that nothing can stop our progress, and we will soon eliminate the terror group from the Syrian soil.” 

The radical group of the Islamic State had taken more than 40 rebel fighters of Jaish al-Thuwar as hostages last week, most of them were captured during clashes with the SDF units in the vicinity of Ain Issa town north of Raqqa.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) include Kurdish units of the YPG and YPJ, the Syriac Military Council, the Arab tribal group of al-Sanadeed, al-Jazeera brigades, Jaish al-Thuwar group and Burkan al-Furat battalion. The SDF has recaptured more than 220 towns and villages in Hasakah province over two months since its establishment. After announcing a new anti-terror campaign two weeks ago, the alliance regained control of several strategic areas in the northern countrysides of Raqqa and Aleppo.

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News


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