Christian Beheads Jihadist in Syria

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( — May 30, 2015) — Yahoo News quoted Human Rights Monitor in Syria that a Syrian Christian fighter beheaded an IS militant to avenge the executed victims of the Jihad in northeastern Syria – not exactly a way to turn the other cheek for any Christian.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the beheading took place in Hasakeh province on Thursday. Reportedly, the province is the place where IS holds large areas of the countryside.

The Assyrian Christian fighter, found the jihadist in the local village of Tal Shamiram, the Monitor reported. After realizing his prisoner is an IS fighter, he beheaded him.

“He took him prisoner, and when he found out he was a member of IS, the Assyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed by the group in the region,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The Observatory is based in Britain but has covered the Syrian conflict since it broke out four years ago, thanks to a network of sources inside the country.

It is not clear whether Christian fighter faced any punishment, because in civilized military structure, if there is such a thing, beheading of the prisoner of war is a war crime.

The Christian was fighting in the garrison of Kurdish forces who earlier this month drove IS out of more than a dozen Assyrian villages in Hasakeh, Yahoo News quoted Monitor.

IS has carried out a wave of atrocities, included public beheadings, mass executions, enslavement and rape, in areas it controls in both Syria and Iraq.

The Assyrians, also known as Chaldeans, Syriacs, and Arameans are an ethnic group whose origins lie in ancient Mesopotamia, and now live in parts of Turkey, northeastern Syria, and northwest Iran. Most Assyrians are Orthodox and Catholic Christians.