(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Islamic State fighters have reportedly executed 250 Syrian soldiers after capturing the Taqba air base in the northeastern part of the country. Deborah Gembara reports.
***THE CONTENTS OF THIS VIDEO CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED BY REUTERS. CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT*** These men are reportedly Syrian army soldiers taken prisoner by Islamic State fighters after the rebel group stormed their base in the northeastern part of the country. In this latest video, first posted to a social website, fighters can be heard jeering at their hostages, refering to them as sheep and ordering them to keep moving. IS fighters seized the Tabqa air base on Wednesday, posing on top of aircraft , brandishing weapons....and taking prisoners. Later, they are heard interrogating one of their captives.. (natsot) The exchange ends with the fighters saying --- We will return you to Hell. We will slaughter you, God willing. We will slaughter you." ..and then, apparently, the killing began. The final video shows lines of dead bodies, at least 135 of them. The group claims they killed a total of 250 soldiers after capturing the base which was the government's last foothold in the militant controlled region.