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Aljazeera News By Isabel Hunter Posted Jan. 26, 2014
Karkamis, Turkey – Al-Qaeda fighters have struck a bloody blow in scenes of medieval violence in Syria’s northern border-town of Jarabulus.
…at least 10 men had been beheaded, their heads mounted on spikes, and more than 1,000 refugees fled the 3kms across the border to Turkey.
It’s a shocking turn of events for residents and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters alike, who just a week ago believed they were hours away from expelling the al-Qaeda group from their city altogether after surrounding the last 40 fighters in the city’s cultural centre.
But when an al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) car bomb killed 33 people – all women and children – the FSA brigade called for backup. Instead, what arrived was a 70-car ISIL convoy from Raqqa.
More than 100 men were taken from their homes and escorted to the main square for what turned into a bloodbath.
Muhammad Jader, 22, and his uncle Ali, 35, were among those arrested.
“They lined us up against the wall,” Jader told Al Jazeera, “and the emir told them not to waste bullets. Suddenly they grabbed one guy and pinned him down on his stomach. Then one man from ISIL put his knee on his back, shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and cut off his head with a knife.”
“They chose people at random to kill,” he said. “There was no logic.”
One was beheaded because they found cigarettes in his pocket.
Approximately 40 men were mowed down by a spray of automatic gunfire in a show of reckless and wanton violence.
The surviving men were then questioned about their connections to the FSA – even giving the rebels a glass of water earned the person a death sentence.
Shocked and shaking, the two men could barely believe they had survived, but despite being released, they knew they were still being hunted, so they made a break for the border.