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    Reports: IS Fighters Kidnap, Murder Hundreds in Eastern Syria

    FILE - In this file photo released on June 16, 2015, by Ismamic State militant group supporters on an anonymous photo sharing website, Islamic State militants clean their weapons in Deir al-Zour city, Syria.
    FILE - In this file photo released on June 16, 2015, by Ismamic State militant group supporters on an anonymous photo sharing website, Islamic State militants clean their weapons in Deir al-Zour city, Syria.
    VOA News

    A monitoring group says at least 400 civilians have been kidnapped by Islamic State militants during an attack Saturday on the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour.

    The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says women, children and family members of pro-government fighters were among those captured after IS forces seized the suburb of al-Baghaliyah. The group says at least 135 people were killed in the fighting, many of them Syrian soldiers.

    But the state-run SANA news agency says at least 300 people were killed by IS forces during the attack on Deir al-Zour.

    The reports could not be independently verified.

     

    Islamic State fighters have previously carried out mass executions of civilians in Iraq and Syria, including the slaughter of 200 soldiers after it seized the Tabqa airbase in Raqqa province in 2014, as well as hundreds of members of the Sheitat tribe in Deir al-Zour that same year.

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    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 17, 2016 9:56 PM
    The ISIL terrorists have become a real world power in only 2 years, (2013 to 2015), raping, enslaving, torturing and killing hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children, and capturing more landmass for their Caliphate than half the countries in the world with millions of innocents held hostage, [and now], with no countries on earth being able to defeat the ISIL terrorists and save them, [their prayers can't be answered], and the only hope now for these poor innocent men, women and children, is escape or death? .. pitiful isn't it?

    by: Anonymous
    January 17, 2016 9:50 PM
    Weapons and money of these groups are provided by Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

    by: swagger Master
    January 17, 2016 7:44 PM
    This is extremely bad and sad at the same time

    by: Anonymous
    January 17, 2016 11:29 AM
    Cortesy of Turkey, because Turkey = ISIS and AQ

    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 17, 2016 9:51 AM
    These type ISIL terrorist atrocities (more or less) have been committed every day since 2013 when al-Baghdadi came to Syria from al-Qaeda in Iraq with only the cloths on his back, and found tens of thousands of US recruited foreign Sunni Muslim extremists, fanatics and insane, that the US had armed and trained in Turkey and Jordan to wage war on Assad and Syria, [and then], al-Baghdadi gave them a better (cause and reason) to fight and die as a martyr for in his new ISIL Caliphate army, [and then], in August of 2014 the ISIL terrorist army invaded Iraq [and became a world power] and captured more landmass than half the countries of the world with millions of captives subjected to be raped, enslaved, tortured and killed, while the US and NATO continue to bomb and kill a few unknown suspected terrorist sub-leaders?

    When the innocents are crying out and praying everyday for somebody to rescue them from the ISIL terrorist army atrocities, the US and NATO continue to bomb and kill a few suspected terrorist sub-leaders, and now say it may take decades to defeat the terrorists, while the terrorists expand everywhere and become a larger world power? .. In a war the US and NATO can't lose, they use an anti-terrorist plan strategy that can't win a war? .. pitiful isn't it?

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