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Jihadists post grisly video of executed Syria troops

Published on Aug 29, 2014 1:02 AM

BEIRUT (AFP) - Islamic State jihadists posted grisly video footage Thursday of scores of bodies heaped in the desert they boasted were those of Syrian soldiers they captured and executed in their latest advance.

The dead were dressed only in their underwear, stripped of any uniform, after what IS said was a mass execution of government troops following their capture of a key northern air base on Sunday.

Britain-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 160 soldiers had been executed at three separate locations around Raqa province, among some 500 who had made a desperate bid to escape after the loss of the Tabqa base.

The footage posted by IS showed a close-up of some 20 bodies, but then panned out to show scores more.

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