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Islamic State Fighters Execute, Crucify Syrian Youth

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Islamic State fighters have executed and crucified a youth in a Syrian town, after hundreds of residents demanded they leave following regime air strikes that targeted the jihadists.

Residents of Ashara, in the mostly IS-controlled eastern province of Deir Ezzor, protested in front of an IS headquarters overnight, hours after regime air strikes killed the two children, five women and a man, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

In response, IS gunmen opened fire and seized several young men, the Observatory and an activist said.

The air strikes were part of a stepped-up campaign launched in recent weeks by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime against IS-held towns and villages in eastern and northern Syria.

But activists have frequently condemned the attacks for killing not only jihadists, but also many civilians.

“Thursday evening’s protest began as a funeral for the victims, attended by nearly 300 people,” said Rayan al-Furati, an activist from Deir Ezzor.

“Then the mourners began to protest, demanding that the IS leave the town of Ashara,” Furati told AFP via the internet.

The Observatory said that, on Friday, the IS publicly executed and crucified a young man identified as Ali Khalaf, accusing him of “heresy and apostasy.”

“Though he had nothing to do with yesterday’s protests, they executed him publicly in Ashara in order to terrorise people into not taking any kind of action against the IS,” Abdel Rahman said.

Furati said the jihadists, whose abuses and radical interpretation of Sunni Islam have been widely documented, are vastly unpopular. But, he added, people living under their control are deeply fearful of taking action against them.

“It’s like living in a prison,” Furati said, using a pseudonym to protect his family from retaliation.

“Not a single day passes without an execution somewhere in Deir Ezzor province.”
The Syrian conflict began as a peaceful movement demanding Assad’s ouster, but then morphed into a brutal civil war after a massive regime crackdown against dissent.

In June, IS declared an Islamic “caliphate” straddling the territory it controls in Syria and Iraq.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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