Islamic State fighters have executed “dozens” of Syrian soldiers fleeing Tabqa military airport in the north, a monitor said Aug. 28, with the jihadists boasting on Twitter they had killed 200 troops.
“Dozens of Syrian soldiers captured while fleeing… after the IS overran Tabqa airbase were executed by the jihadists during the night,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.
The jihadists seized the airport on Sunday after weeks of bitter fighting with loyalist forces, cementing their control over Raqa province, capital of their self-declared Islamic “caliphate”.
France’s president has rejected any cooperation with Bashar al-Assad whom he accused of being a “de-facto ally” of jihadists wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, and urged a “humanitarian and military” response to the threat.
Speaking at an annual Paris gathering of ambassadors from around the world, Francois Hollande touched on crises in both countries as well as those rocking Ukraine and Libya — all of which he said affected France directly.
“Assad cannot be a partner in the fight against terrorism, he is the de-facto ally of jihadists,” he said.