The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has executed more than 10,000 people, including women and children, in Iraq and Syria since the jihadist group declared a “global caliphate” in June 2014, reports Daily Mail Online.
“The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has secret sources inside ISIS territory, said 3,207 have been killed in that war-torn country,” notes the article. “Another 7,700 were executed in Iraq, according to the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights [IOHR], which tracks ISIS violations.”
“The soldiers and civilians who have been beheaded, shot dead, drowned, blown up, stoned to death and thrown off buildings for violating ISIS’s twisted laws all contributed to this mammoth death toll,” it adds. “The figure does not include the thousands more who have been killed in battle and suicide bombings – or the innocent people mown down by ISIS extremists as they tried to flee.”
SOHR told Daily Mail Online that it keeps a tally of the terrorist group’s executions after its activists have verified them from local sources on the ground.
“It said 1,858 of those executed by ISIS in Syria were civilians. Of these, 98 were women and 76 were children under the age of 18,” reports Daily Mail Online. “This number does not take into account the dozens of young boys who have been forced to carry out suicide bombing missions.”
SOHR also claimed that ISIS has killed 906 Syrian soldiers, 239 rebel fighters and 185 of its own fighters.
Of the 7,700 people who have been killed by ISIS in Iraq since the caliphate was declared, the Iraqi Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) said an estimated 2,100 of those deaths took place in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul and 1,900 in Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, which the terrorist group largely seized in May.
“Another 250 executions took place in Diyala where the group has an established base of operations and 110 in Kirkuk where it has been clashing with Iraqi Peshmerga forces,” reports MailOnline. “IOHR claimed the others came in various other ISIS-held territories throughout the country. It also said around 60 per cent of those executed were soldiers and 40 per cent were civilians.”
“The terror group has released hundreds – if not thousands – of propaganda images and videos which show people being killed for homosexuality, blasphemy, banditry, murder, abandonment and spying,” it adds.
Palmyra is home to the bloodiest mass-killings in Syria. ISIS seized the historic Syrian city in May.
“Eyewitness reported seeing corpses scattered around the historic city’s streets after the group executed around 400 mostly women and children,” notes the outlet. “In July, the group released a sickening video which showed child executioners being forced to shoot dead 25 Syrian regime soldiers inside Palmyra’s Roman amphitheater.”
“The slaughter of up to 1,700 cadets at Speicher army camp in Tikrit, Iraq, was not included in the overall death toll because it occurred on June 12, 2014, a few weeks before ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi declared the caliphate,” it adds. “Neither was the massacre 5,000 Yazidi people in Iraq’s Sinjar province last August because they were shot down by ISIS fighters as they tried to escape.”