The Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISL, have murdered a couple more people today, and the group released a graphic video taking responsibility for the heinous crimes. The two people who were murdered this time were two Syrian activists, both of which were using social media sites to expose the various human rights violations that were happening because of the terrorist organization.
The two Syrian activists were killed in their homes after being tracked by the Islamic State jihadists, and this all went down in a southern city in Turkey. In one of the graphic videos that the Islamic State released, it showed the body of one of the activists with his throat slashed, and then there was a warning to the opponents of the group, which is typically how the group does their videos.
The warning basically said that you are not safe from the Islamic State and the blade of the group, and that their hands will reach you wherever you are, and then they will slit your throat. Throat slitting seems to be the main theme behind the Islamic State, as that is how they have killed numerous people in their videos that are often released for the world to see.
The names of both activists have already been released, which were Ibrahim Abdel Qader and Fares Hammadi. Qader was a co-founder of Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, which is a group of human rights activists and citizen journalists that use social media in order to document the various humans rights abuses at the hands of the Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which the Islamic State uses as a headquarters. The citizen-journalists are essentially the only source of information for people who want information about the life inside of Raqqa as it is known as the ISIS capital. The second activist, Hammadi, was a former member of the Islamic State, and he ended up leaving to work on the human rights violations across Syria.
The Islamic State posted up the graphic videos on Sunday, along with a reference mocking the group’s name, and said that the murders of these two men should serve as a warning. The Islamic State also said that these deaths would each every single apostate that he will slaughtered silently, with that being the mocking part of the activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently.
A spokesman for the activist group, Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi, said that Qader was stabbed more than 50 times and that he was beheaded while in his apartment in Sanliurfa, Turkey, and the throat of Hammadi was slit. The Turkish police are said to be investigating the murders, and according to the activist group, the police told them that the murders happened between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Friday. The Provincial governor’s office would not give away too much detail when asked about the murders, only to say that there was an ongoing investigation.
We know a little but about the two activists killed, including that both of them left Raqqa last year and ended up going to Sanliurfa, which is about 30 miles inside of Turkey. There are about 500,000 people in the city, and this was a direct result of being threatened by the Islamic State. According to Raqqawi, Hammadi was arrested and then tortured by the Islamic State, and he had huge long scars all the way around on his upper back. Both of these men had lived hard lives and worked tirelessly to try to help others get out of the Islamic State area.
The activist group had accused an acquaintance of the men of killing them two guys, which would be Tlas Surour, who was also in Sanliurfa. Apparently, he tried to say he was a defector from the Islamic state, and then they all became friends, with Surour even renting an apartment next to the men. The group has released a photo of this man to hopefully find him, and in the photo one of the victims is also seen, but it is unclear which of the deceased he is photoed with. He has not been officially named a suspect.