WASHINGTON — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (or Syria) has gone by several acronyms, ISIS, ISIL and recently IS, but the result is the same: beheadings and executions.
Reuters reported the grim news about the Islamic State’s tactics in eastern Syria, which has also been used in their takeover of large swaths of Iraqi territory.
The terrorist army has crushed resistance in eastern Syria as its push solidifies into Iraq, pushing back the outgunned Kurdish pershmerga (militia) and the weak Iraqi army. According to the human rights monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (based in the United Kingdom), they executed twenty-five people in the past five days. They crucified two people and unceremoniously beheaded and executed 23 others.
U.S. President Barack Obama announced limited airstrikes, with no end date in mind, this past week. However, the Kurds are engaged in a tough battle for territory and the Iraqi government is in turmoil.