ISIS militants drove 600 Shia, Christian and Yazidi male prisoners into the middle of the desert, lined them up along the edge of a ravine, and executed them at point blank range, according to a report by Human Rights Watch released today.
The inmates, taken from a local prison, were forced to count themselves as they lined up before members of the jihadist militant group opened fire on them with machine guns.
Human Rights Watch says it spoke to nine survivors of the massacre. They told the organization they made it out alive by rolling into the ravine and pretending to be dead, or were shielded by the bodies of other prisoners who fell on top of them.
BEIRUT: The families of the Lebanese captives held by Nusra Front and ISIS have given the government a 48 hours before they will escalate their protests after meeting with Prime Minister Tamam Salam at the Grand Serail Thursday evening.
Speaking on behalf of the families of the 27 Lebanese soldiers and policemen being held captive by ISIS and the Nusra Front, Sheikh Omar Haidar said that “the families issued a 48-hour deadline after which they would escalate their protests, highlighting that the period of time is meant to make way for negotiations to finalize."
State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr on Thursday filed terror charges against the dangerous detainee Ahmed Miqati and 17 others.
"The military judiciary has received the terrorist detainee Ahmed Salim Miqati, 46, who is one of the top cadres of the ISIL (Islamic State) group and goes by the noms de guerre Abu Bakr and Abu al-Hoda," state-run National News Agency reported.
The March 14 forces on Wednesday called on Hizbullah to put an end to “the duality of two armies and two decisions in one country,” noting that attempts to “label the Lebanese as supporters and critics of the army” were refuted by the latest Tripoli battle.
“The national solidarity with the army, especially by the residents of Tripoli, Dinniyeh, Minieh and Akkar, has proved once again how much these regions are committed to Lebanon as an irreversible choice,” the March 14 General Secretariat said in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.
BEIRUT: Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi Wednesday vowed to hunt down Islamist militants during a visit to the families of two soldiers killed during the four-day military offensive against jihadists in north Lebanon that ended Monday.
“There will be no compromise or truce with the soldier-killers,” Kahwagi said in remarks carried by the state-run National News Agency.
He reiterated the Army's position against striking any deal with militants, insisting that the clashes ended after the jihadists crumbled, and not because of a secret agreement.
Former Islamic State militants captured by Kurdish forces in Northern Syria told CNN correspondent Ivan Watson that IS (ISIL or ISIS) leaders drugged and brainwashed them to fight for “Islam and justice.”
The first prisoner, identified as Suleiman, told Watson he received $3,600 to detonate a car bomb outside a Kurdish military base.
“They said they were fighting for Islam and justice. They were lying to us,” Suleiman said. “They took advantage of our minds and our poverty.”
The next prisoner was a 19-year-old named Kareem, who fought for IS in Syria for more than a year.