Islamic militants behead seven men, three women in Syria
BEIRU: Islamic State beheaded seven men and three
women in a northern Kurdish area of Syria, a human rights monitoring group said
on Wednesday, part of what it described as a campaign to frighten residents resisting
the militant group’s advance.
The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human, Rights
Rami Abdulrahman, said five anti-Islamic State Kurdish fighters, including
three women, and four Syrian Arab rebels were detained and beheaded on Tuesday
14 km (8 miles) west of Kobani, a Kurdish town besieged by Islamic State near
the Turkish border.
He said a Kurdish male civilian was also beheaded. “I
don’t know why they were arrested or beheaded. Only the Islamic State knows
why. They want to scare people,” he said.
Islamic State fighters have carried out several
beheadings of enemy fighters and civilians in Syria and Iraq. The beheadings
are often carried out in public and with a message that any violent or
non-violent dissent with not be tolerated.
When fighting Sunni Muslim tribes in eastern Syria,
Islamic State have used beheadings to scare local leaders to withdraw from the
battlefield. Islamic State has also beheaded foreign journalists and an aid