Mass graves of civilians tortured and executed by ISIS found in Aleppo Syria
Russian soldiers in Aleppo, Syria have found mass graves of civilians tortured and executed by ISIS terrorist rebels after liberating the city.
The week before Christmas Syria and Russia were working to liberate civilians from the few remaining terrorist strongholds in Aleppo, Syria while world Christian leaders called on western nations to stop arming the terrorists.
Now that the city has been liberated forces on the ground are working on clearing the city of mines and taking inventory of the destruction the terrorists left behind.
In an initial survey mass graves have been uncovered that contain dozens of civilians with missing body parts that were executed at close range after being tortured by ISIS terrorists that held the civilians their captive for the last few years.
The discovery of the graves come as Turkey’s President announced today Turkey has confirmed evidence that the United States is aiding ISIS in Syria.
More from RT:
Mass graves with dozens of bodies of civilians subjected to brutal torture have been discovered in Aleppo neighborhoods left by militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.
Many of the corpses were found with missing body parts, and most had gunshot wounds to the head, according to a statement by Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov.
The completion of a uniquely large-scale humanitarian operation by the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Aleppo will destroy many of the myths that have been fed to the world by Western politicians,” Konashenkov said in a statement. “The results of only an initial survey of Aleppo neighborhoods abandoned by the so-called ‘opposition’ will shock many.”
In addition to the massacres on militant-held territory, the area had been extensively mined: streets, cars, the entrances to buildings and even children’s toys had been booby-trapped.
In one small area, three tanks, two cannons, two multiple rocket launchers and numerous homemade mortars were found.
Seven huge warehouses filled with ammunition and supplies were also discovered, Konashenkov said.
On December 23, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said all militants had been evacuated from Aleppo. This came shortly after the Syrian Army declared the entire city free from anti-government armed groups.
The Russian military is currently involved in minesweeping the liberated areas and providing humanitarian aid to returning residents. On Friday, a Russian military police battalion arrived to help maintain security.
From Christianity Today:
Syrian Christian leader tells West: ‘Stop arming terror groups who are massacring our people’
The world leader of Syria’s besieged Christians has issued a heartfelt plea to the West to “stop arming and supporting terrorist groups that are destroying our countries and massacring our people.”
The Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, said he was not asking the West for military intervention to defend Christians.
If the West wants to do something about the present crisis, the most effective thing would be to support local governments, which need sufficient armies and forces to maintain security and defend respective populations against attacks.
“State institutions need to be strengthened and stabilized. Instead, what we see is their forced dismemberment being fueled from the outside,” he told Vatican Insider.
Patriarch Aphrem, head of the Syrian Orthodox Church, said the most blasphemous thing a person can do is to call suicide bombers “martyrs”.
Throughout its journey through history the Church has also been a suffering Church,” he added. Speaking in the days after meeting the Pope in Rome, he had just returned from Qamishli, his home town, where he met thousands of new Christian refugees who fled after Islamic State jihadists attacked Hassake, in Jazira province.
Islamic State terrorists who die while carrying out their atrocities regard such deaths as martyrdom. They believe it secures them passage to paradise.
The Patriarch contradicted this view. He said: “Martyrdom is not a sacrifice offered to God, like those sacrifices which are offered to pagan gods. Christian martyrs do not seek martyrdom to demonstrate their faith. And they do not willfully shed their blood in order to obtain God’s favor or some other prize, like Paradise.”
Along with bishops of his church he recently had talks with President Assad of Syria. “President Assad urged us to do everything in our hands to prevent Christians from leaving Syria. ‘I know you are suffering,’ he said, ‘but please don’t leave this land, which has been your home for thousands of years, even before Islam came.’ He said that Christians will also be needed when the time comes to rebuild this devastated country.”
He said the majority of Syrian citizens support Assad’s government and have always supported it.
“We recognize legitimate rulers and pray for them, as the New Testament teaches us. We also see that on the other side there is no democratic opposition, only extremist groups. Above all, we see that in the past few years, these groups have been basing their actions on an ideology that comes from the outside, brought here by preachers of hatred who have come from and are backed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. These groups receive arms through Turkey too, as the media have shown us.”
He said Islamic State was not the Islam that Syrians have learned about and lived alongside for hundreds of years. “There are forces that fuel it with arms and money because it is useful in what Pope Francis calls the ‘war fought piecemeal’. But all this also draws on a perverse religious ideology that claims to be inspired by the Koran.”
Source: Christianity Today
Of course Pope Francis hasn’t been quite on ISIS, saying that the world is at war earlier this year and has issued statements condemning the West’s funding of the terrorist rebel fighters that are waging Jihad against Christians inside of Syria.
The pope also said that while people suffer, “incredible quantities of money” are being spent to supply weapons to fighters.
“And some of the countries supplying these arms are also among those that talk of peace,” he said.
“How can you believe in someone who caresses you with the right hand, and strikes you with the left hand?” Francis said.
Often criticized in some quarters for not speaking up about the particular situation Christians face in Syria, where they’re one of the main targets of Islamic fundamentalist group ISIS, the pontiff also gave his full support to the local Christian communities “for the discrimination they have to bear.”
Much of the criticism he’s received on this front came after he decided to bring 12 Syrian refugees to Rome after a five-hour visit to the Greek island of Lesbos to raise awareness of the current migrant crisis: all were Muslims.
The video was produced by the Vatican-dependent charity Caritas Internationalis, which is launching a new website to sustain the work they’re doing in Syria. In 2015 alone, the local branch of Caritas provided food, healthcare, education, shelter, psychological counseling and protection to 1.3 million Syrians.
Source: The Crux