[“ISIL crucifies eight rival fighters, says monitoring group” – Reuters 7.1.14]
Reuters reports on the so-called “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) crucifying eight of their own militants for being too moderate, and publicly displaying their bodies:
Eight rebel fighters have been crucified in Syria by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) because they were considered too moderate, a monitoring group said on Sunday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on contacts on the ground in Syria, said the men were crucified on Saturday in Aleppo province. It added that their corpses were still on view.
ISIL wants to have an extremist Islamic state straddling territory from both Syria and Iraq.
ISIL, which wants to create a severe Islamic state that straddles international borders, controls much of Syria’s eastern oil-producing Euphrates River region.
Its lightning gains in Iraq’s Sunni Muslim northern and western provinces over the last three weeks mean ISIL now commands a large cross-border expanse of land.