Report: ISIS Tying Prisoners to Ancient Artifacts and Blowing Them Up

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The Islamic State executed three detainees in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra by strapping them to pillars and then blowing them up along with the antiquities, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

“This execution is the first of its kind by the Islamic State, the organization (that) in recent months has invented new ways of execution,” the observatory said in a statement late Monday. The London-based group said it obtained its information from local sources.

The report came just days after the observatory released footage Saturday that appeared to show Islamic State militants executing a teenage Syrian soldier by running him over with a tank. Before being executed, the soldier is shown “confessing” to having used a tank himself to run over bodies of Islamic State soldiers, the observatory said.

The Islamic State has consistently used the Internet and social media to publicize its brutality. Last year, the terror group released a series of videos showing the beheadings of western aide workers. In January, it released a video showing a young boy executing prisoners the Islamic State called “spies.”

The Islamic State also has been unabashed in its destruction of antiquities at Palmyra, claiming the archaeological sites and statues promote idolatry.

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SOURCE: John Bacon
USA TODAY