Islamist militants have reportedly beheaded dozens of soldiers at a Syrian army base and mounted their heads on poles.
Extremists from the group Islamic State, previously known as ISIS, seized the base in the northern province of Raqqa leaving more than 85 soldiers dead and 200 more unaccounted for.
The Syrian Human Rights Observatory said at least 50 of the soldiers had been executed – many of them beheaded – as horrifying footage began circulating online which appeared to show the bodies.
At least two of the bodies at the Division 17 base were crucified, according to the Associated Press, which said the video appeared to be genuine.
Other photographs posted on jihadist social media accounts showed fighters inside the military base in control of several tanks, trucks and ammunition boxes…
The video is posted here.