A video has emerged online showing members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the corpses of Syrian soldiers who were decapitated, with their heads displayed on spikes.
ISIS recently seized a Syrian military base in the northern province of Raqqa, leaving more than 85 soldiers dead and about 200 more missing.
At least 50 were decapitated in a mass execution, according to the British-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory. At least two bodies at the Division 17 base were crucified, The Associated Press reported.
A video, which appears to show the bodies, includes a voiceover by a militant while several decapitated heads and a body can be seen mounted on top of a fence, the Daily Mail reported.
“Some of the executed troops were beheaded, and their bodies and severed heads put on display in Raqqa city,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the SHRO, told AFP.
He said the display is “a message to the people of Raqqa, to tell them it is strong, that it isn't going anywhere, and to terrify” opponents.
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