Beirut (dpa/NAN) -
Islamic State fighters (ISIS) executed dozens of Syrian regime soldiers following the militant group’s takeover of a major airbase this week in Syria’s north-eastern al-Raqqa province. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Head Rami Abdel-Rahman, stated this in Beirut on Thursday. Abdel-Rahman said the soldiers were captured while withdrawing after the fall of the Tabqa military airport to the Islamic State.
Abdel-Rahman said some extremists were seen in the area parading heads of what they said were Syrian soldiers killed in Tabqa, in a move aimed at terrorizing the Islamic State’s opponents.On Sunday, the Islamic State seized full control of the Tabqa military airport, the last government outpost in al-Raqqa.
The radical Sunni group has made considerable territorial gains in eastern Syria in recent months.
It had captured most of Deir al-Zour province to link its strongholds in al-Raqqa and across the border in Iraq, where it has a foothold.
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