The Islamic State (IS) continues to commit atrocities in Iraq as news broke Saturday that the radical jihadist group had reportedly executed 700 people from an enemy tribe in Syria, with civilians constituting the majority of the victims.
The group responsible for uncovering the executions, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also reported that reliable source stated that the many of the victims were beheaded, according to Reuters.
All 700 of the executed hail from the al-Sheitaat tribe in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor. They have been locked in deadly combat with IS since July after the radical Sunni Muslim group took over two oil fields in their homeland. (RELATED: ISIS Threatens America: ‘We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House’)
Reuters stated that it could not independently verify news out of the war torn country due to escalating violence and restrictions placed on journalists.
The leader of the al-Sheitaat tribe pleaded for other Syrian tribes to join in their fight against IS and warned that the jihadist group will come for them next.
“We appeal to the other tribes to stand by us because it will be their turn next… If [IS] are done with us, the other tribes will be targeted after al-Sheitaat. They are the next target,” Sheikh Rafaa Aakla al-Raju declared in a video message.
IS is not just limiting its military operation to the portion of Syria bordering Iraq. IS militants have conquered several villages in northwestern Syria this week, and now threaten to take over the largest city of Syria, Aleppo, from a U.S.-backed rebel faction. (RELATED: Obama’s Mission Not-Accomplished, Insist Iraqi And U.N. Officials)
The moderate and secular Syrian National Coalition has called for America to intervene and to use airstrikes similar to the ones used against IS forces fighting against Kurdish militias in northern Iraq.
“We call on the international community to use the American air force, or those of any other country to support the Free Syrian Army,” the Coalition said in a statement released Saturday, the Associated Press reports. (RELATED: Why Do Terrorists Get To Decide What We Call Them?)
The AP also reported that IS slaughtered 80 Yazidi men and abducted their families in northern Iraq Saturday. (RELATED: Women Take Up Arms Against The Islamic State)