AFP, Beirut, in Hindustan Times, : Jul 29, 2016
Islamic State executed at least 24 civilians after seizing a village in northern Syria from a Kurdish-Arab alliance. (AP File Photo)
(Note: Are we to believe that Islam means PEACE even after seeing visuals day in and day out. Or are we to say: Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Or are we to say: Nothing happens until it happen to you, so stop seeing, hearing or thinking of such atrocities. None of these befits a rational creature, you and I have to get involved and do something about stopping these atrocities because we are our brother’s keepers. So think of what you can do beyond praying for them besides dreaming of ways to din sense into these agents of terror and share your ideas with us. james kottoor, editor)
The Islamic State jihadist group has executed at least 24 civilians after seizing a village in northern Syria from a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, a monitor said Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS executed 24 civilians “in the last 24 hours” after taking Buyir from the Syrian Democratic Forces.The village is located some 10 kilometres (6 miles) northwest of Manbij, a key waypoint between the Turkish border and the IS de facto capital of Raqa city.
IS seized control of several villages in the countryside northwest of Manbij since launching a “fierce assault” on Thursday, according to the Observatory, which relies on sources inside Syria for its information.The SDF, backed by air strikes from a US-led coalition, launched an offensive to retake Manbij from IS on May 31.
The alliance managed to enter the town but have since faced fierce opposition from the jihadists who have fought back with suicide bombers and car bombs.More than 280,000 have been killed and millions displaced in Syria’s five-year conflict.