An anti-ISIS activist and his friend have been found beheaded in Turkey in a suspected revenge attack by supporters of the terrorist group.
“Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” (RBSS), a group exposing ISIS atrocities and human rights abuses in the Syrian capital of the so-called Islamic State, reported their deaths on Friday morning.
The group paid tribute to the members of its campaign on Facebook, revealing the victims’ full names as Ibrahim Abdul Kader and Fares Hammadi and saying they were killed “at the hands of Daesh (Isis)”.
Beginning in 2014, a number of people from various countries were beheaded by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).
Beheading videos have been frequently posted by ISIS members to social media. Several of the videoed beheadings were conducted by Mohammed Emwazi, whom the media had referred to as “Jihadi John” before his identification.
The beheadings received wide coverage around the world and evoked international condemnation. The publicised beheadings represent a small proportion of a larger total of people killed following capture by ISIS.
According to the media reports, the beheading plot led to the lopping the head of more than 300 people which came under notice and rest, many are not known yet, and the numbers must be in thousands.
According to a query on Quora as of August 2014, it states that “so far, over 23,138 civilians, ISIS insurgents, Iraqi policemen and soldiers, and Kurdish soldiers have died in the ISIS insurgency. The numbers in Syria are vague, as there are dozens of factions, such as Al-Nusra Front, FSA, the Kurds, etc. The beheadings mostly occurred in the Syrian desert, most likely on the outskirts of Raqqah, the capital of the caliphate.”
RBSS group founder, Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi, wrote on Twitter: “I can’t say anything other than RIP my dear friend, we will meet in heaven.”
RBSS works in secret, but ISIS militants have searched for targeted its members before.
Raqqa is the group’s de-facto capital in Syria, but an American-backed alliance could soon be launching an attack to re-claim the city.
Mr Issa, from the Raqqa Revolutionaries Front, announced in a video statement that his fighters would soon “announce zero hour for the beginning of the battle of liberation from oppression and persecution”.
“It will be a historic battle, for Raqqa first and Syria second,” the commander added.