The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have retrieved the bodies of 57 service members, who were executed by ISIS in 2014, from two mass graves in the northern countryside of Raqqa.
Locals informed the SDF of the location of the mass graves in the town of al-Farhaniyah, 6 km to the southwest of Ain Issa, on August 31.
On September 1, first responders from the Raqqa Civilian Council opened the first mass grave. The bodies of 15 Syrian soldiers and officers were recovered. The SDF handed the bodies over to the SAA.
The second grave was opened by the SAA engineer units and representatives of the SDF’s Public Relations Office on September 2. The remains of 42 service members were retrieved.
The remains belong to the personnel of the SAA’s 92nd Brigade that was stormed by ISIS terrorists in 2014. Many of the brigade’s personnel were killed. Most of those who survived the attack were captured then executed by the terrorists.
After the attack, the locals collected the bodies of the victims and buried them in secret to avoid ISIS revenge. The terrorist group forbids such acts.
Two other massacres took place in the 17th Division base east of Raqqa and in Tabqah Air Base in the governorate’s southern countryside in 2014. Hundreds of Syrian service members were captured, then executed.
In 2018, the SDF uncovered two mass graves in northern Raqqa. The bodies of hundreds of soldiers were retreived and handed over to the SAA. According to several sources, many other mass graves are yet to be uncovered.