Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: ISIS Has Killed Nearly 2,000 People in Six Months

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Monday, December 29, 2014

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: ISIS Has Killed Nearly 2,000 People in Six Months

Since June, the Islamic State terror group has executed nearly 1,900 people in Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based watchdog group.

The group reports that 1,878 people, mostly civilians, have been killed by ISIS. Of the total, only about 120 of the killed are its own members.

The killings took place between June 28, the day ISIS announced a “Caliphate” in Syria,” and Dec. 27 of this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in its report this week.

“They were executed by beheading, shooting or stoning” in the provinces of Deir Ezzor, al-Raqqa, al-Hasaka, Aleppo, Homs and Hama.

The 120 ISIS members killed were executed for trying to go back to their homes and “exceeding the limits in religion.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there could be more executions that have gone undocumented.

ISIS has also killed hundreds of civilians in Iraq, including Christians and Yazidi minorities. Thousands more have had to flee their homes to escape the violence.

In return, the U.S. has led a coalition to launch airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

“ISIS] was presenting itself as an unstoppable movement," The Guardian quoted an anonymous U.S. official as saying. "That kind of unstoppable momentum has been blunted, to say the least. We have killed over 1,000 of their fighters, particularly in Kobani [city in Syria], and that gets to Raqqa [also in Syria] because they wanted to take Kobani and had been making the biggest flag they had ever made and they were going to put it up there because to them this is a war of flags." 

Publication date: December 29, 2014

Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.