A Christian fighter from Syria captured an ISIS jihadist, then beheaded the Islamic terrorist in order to “avenge” his community from the atrocities committed by the unrecognized Muslim caliphate.
Writes the AFP, via Yahoo News: “A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group (IS) militant to avenge people executed by the jihadists in northeastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where IS holds large areas of the countryside.”
The beheading of one jihadist is a diminutive act when compared with those that ISIS has executed.
The SOHR reports that between March 28 and May 28 of this year alone, ISIS has captured and killed 464 Syrian residents – including women and young children – for such wrongdoings as blasphemy, spying, protesting, drug dealing and any sort of perceived or actual insurgent effort against the heavy ISIS presence in the Middle East country.
Over 2,600 individuals have been confirmed in Syria as being executed by the Islamic State extremists.
“He took him prisoner and when he found out he was a member of IS, the Assyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed by the group in the region,” commented Syrian Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.
Assyrians, an ethnic minority, only make up a minute percentage of the country’s nearly two million Christians. The Syrian government does not recognize Assyrians as a separate, minority ethnicity, instead categorizing them as Arab. Subjugated and underrepresented, pockets of Assyrian fighters – known as the Martyr Obdar Company after the name of one of the men killed by ISIS – have taken up arms and are fighting back against the surging Sunni militants.
Large numbers of Syrians have fled the country, seeking safety from the controlling Islamic State radicals.
“We cannot give a specific number of Assyrians that have fled, but it hasn’t been a very large number of people, because Assyrians are a very small minority in Syria,” says Rami Abdul Rahman from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in London. “The only areas where Assyrians are left, even before the war, is in Hasakah province and small villages surrounding there.”
Matai Nazha, a 20-year-old fighter, left his home in Qamishli, near the Turkey border, and joined other Assyrian fighters who are positioned only a few miles from an ISIS stronghold. He has no formal military training. On his head he wears a bandana with colors traditionally associated with freedom – red, white and blue.
“For me, I just want the Islamic State to know that despite how many people they kill, bomb our churches, we are Assyrian Christians, we will never leave our people here or our country,” Nazha says.
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