Christian ‘revenge beheading’ of Islamic State militant claimed by observers

Christian ‘revenge beheading’ of Islamic State militant claimed by observers
Screen grab from the Islamic State video of the simultaneous beheading of 21 Christians

An eye for an eye, a head for a head.

A Syrian Christian fighter allegedly captured and beheade an Islamic State jihadi in revenge for the terrorist group’s violence against Middle East Christians.

The report came from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based organization that has become a key resource for exclusive intelligence from Syria. Its director, Rami Abdul Rahman, told Agence France-Presse the terrorist was found in a village of Hasakeh province called Tal Shamiram, whose people are Christians from the Assyrian ethnic group.

The Christian fighter is a member of the Syriac Military Council, a militia formed by and for members of the Assyrian minority, who are also called Syriacs. According to the Observatory, his unit was fighting alongside the YPG, a force of ethnic Kurds that is combating Islamic State, in parallel with the Kurdish Peshmerga of Iraq.

Abdul Rahman told AFP the Assyrian “took him prisoner and when he found out he was a member of IS… beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed by the group in the region.” The official Observatory report added the beheading was performed with “a sharp tool.”

Islamic State first targeted Christians in Iraq during its previous incarnation as a branch of al Qaeda in that country. Since declaring its independence as a terrorist network and expanding through Iraq and Syria, its militants have also perpetrated horrific crimes against Christians in multiple countries, most infamously beheading Egyptian Christian migrants in Libya.

Other sources were not able to independently confirm the Observatory’s claim.

This report, by Ivan Plis, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

LU Staff

LU Staff

Promoting and defending liberty, as defined by the nation’s founders, requires both facts and philosophical thought, transcending all elements of our culture, from partisan politics to social issues, the workings of government, and entertainment and off-duty interests. Liberty Unyielding is committed to bringing together voices that will fuel the flame of liberty, with a dialogue that is lively and informative.


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.