The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Syria has executed at least 91 people in the last month, bringing the total number of persons it has killed since the declaration of its so-called “Caliphate” 14-months ago to about 3,156, reports a U.K.-based monitor group.
Between June 29, 2014, and August 29 of this year, ISIS killed 1,841 civilians in Syria, including 76 children and 95 women; 236 rebels and fellow jihadists, including Kurdish fighters and members of the al-Qaeda Syrian affiliate al-Nusra Front; 897 Bashar al-Assad officers and soldiers; and 182 members of its own group, for a total of 3,156 executions, reveals the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
Among the civilians who were executed were also more than 930 Sunni members of the al-Shaitat tribe people in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province and 223 Kurdish citizens killed with firearms and knives in the city of Kobani located in Aleppo province along the Turkish border, adds the Observatory, which uses sources on the ground to monitor Syria’s four-and-a-half year conflict.
In just the last month (July 29 thru August 29), ISIS reportedly executed at least 91 people, including 32 civilians (2 women), 39 of its own members, 11 rebel and Islamist fighters, and nine members of the regime and allied militia factions.
Meanwhile, the Observatory estimates that U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria have killed 3,414 people in the 11 months since they began on September 23, 2014, including 206 civilians (65 children, 39 women), 136 al-Nusra Front fighters, and 3,061 ISIS jihadist, most of them non-Syrian foreign fighters.
The United States “has only acknowledged killing two civilians in its strikes: two children who were likely slain during an American airstrike targeting al-Qaeda-linked militants in Syria last year,” reported Daily Mail on August 4.
ISIS terrorists have killed people for alleged sorcery, insulting God, sodomy, adultery, banditry, joining and cooperating with the Sunni tribal militias’ awakening movement, cooperating with the “crusader” U.S.-led coalition, mischief on earth, and cooperating with the Assad regime, notes the Observatory.
Depending on the severity of the crime for which they were apprehended, the victims of ISIS’ executions were shot, decapitated, stoned to death, burned alive, and thrown from high places. The jihadist group carried out its terror in the provinces of Damascus, Rif Dimashq, Deir Ezzor, al-Raqqa, al-Hasakah, Aleppo, Homs, and Hama.
On Saturday, the Observatory reported that a woman accused of “adultery” was “stoned” in the center of al-Raqqa city while the young man who allegedly engaged in adulterous behavior with that lady was ” whipped” before dozens of citizens. It remains unclear if either of them was executed.
ISIS members are known to detonate themselves as suicide bombers and use improvised explosive devices (IEDs) against their enemies. The jihadist group has also been accused of using chemical weapons when carrying out attacks.
The Observatory urged the United Nations Security Council as well as all countries and organizations that claim to be human rights proponents “to work urgently in order to stop the crimes and violations committed against the Syrian people by [the Islamic State], Bashar al-Assad regime, and all other parties, and establish specialist courts to sentence them.”
“We also call them to support the Syrian people in” their fight for “freedom, democracy, justice and equality” for “all components of the Syrian people” who have managed to coexist “regardless of their sects, religion and [ethnicity],” said the monitor group.
The Observatory condemned the death of civilians in Syria at the hands of U.S.-led airstrikes.