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ISIL executed over 3,000 Syrians in over a year: Report

A UK-based monitoring group says members of the Takfiri ISIL have executed over 3,000 people – among them hundreds of civilians and children – in Syria since more than a year ago.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the death toll was recorded since ISIL announced the establishment of a so-called caliphate in areas on Syrian and Iraqi territory.

The group also said it has documented 38 executions by ISIL extremists in July in different areas of Syria, including two children and seven women.

The group said that the toll brings to 3,065 the total number of the people murdered at the hands of ISIL terrorists since late June 2014.

The report came on the same day as ISIL Takfiris executed three young men, aged between 25 and 30, in the town of Tulul al-Baj, located 320 kilometers (200 miles) north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, after the victims refused to pledge allegiance to the terrorist group’s self-proclaimed local leader, Arabic-language al-Forat news agency reported.

The executions were reportedly carried out at the main square of the town and in front of a large number of onlookers.

Iraqi media outlets reported earlier in the day that ISIL terrorists had murdered six people in the country’s northern province of Kirkuk for attempting to flee an area under the control of the terrorist outfit.

The ISIL militants currently control swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq. They have carried out heinous atrocities in both countries, including mass executions and beheadings. They have scarce but dangerous presence elsewhere, too, such as in Libya and Afghanistan.

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