On August 15, ISIS terrorists captured and executed a man on a road near the town of Resafa in the southern Raqqa countryside. The region is controlled by Syrian government forces.
In a statement shared by its news agency, Amaq, the terrorist group said the victim was executed simply because he was a member of the Ismali minority.
Some opposition sources, however, claimed that the unidentified victim was a fighter in pro-government forces. These claims appear to be meant to justify ISIS crime. In photos released by Amaq the victim can be seen in civilian clothes. Nothing indicates that he was a fighter.
The Syrian Arab Army and its allies liberated al-Resafa and the rest of the southern Raqqa countryside from ISIS after a fierce battle in 2017.
ISIS cells appeared in southern Raqqa only a few months ago. The terrorists sneaked into the region from the nearby Homs desert.
The terrorist group is apparently working to establish its forces in the southern countryside of Raqqa. Executions are often used by the group to intimidate the locals and push them away from the areas that are under ISIS control.