The war in Syria has provided gruesome video footage of jihadists torturing and executing innocent victims by beheading and immolation, but recently released images show a surprising turn of events in Tall Sukayk, Syria about 70 miles south of Aleppo.

A suspected jihadist and spokesman for the terror group Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union, stops during an interview as he appears to hear the warning whistle of an artillery shell. Seconds later he is killed by the explosion.

The mortar was evidently fired by the Syrian Arab Army.

The videographer, Syrian media activist Ahmed Abu Hamza, was also killed in the blast by the direct hit.

The Syrian Civil War has raged for over four years with Shia groups backed by the government fighting against rebel Sunni groups

As of April 2015, the United Nations estimates that more than 300,000 lives have been lost.

The instability of the region following the withdrawal of the United States from Iraq and the Arab Spring resulted in the emergence of the Islamic State, known as both ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and ISIL (the Islamic State of the Levant).

The use of the term 'Levant' refers to a much broader area than merely Iraq and Syria, and includes the region encompassing Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey.

Terror groups have sought publicity by producing video recordings of grisly and inhumane executions.

The Syrian government has been accused of using chemical weapons against its citizens.

The war is responsible not only for the huge civilian casualty toll, but for helping create the humanitarian crisis caused as millions flee the country seeking asylum in the region and in Europe, as far north as German, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Civilians who have had to remain behind are suffering from lack of food, clean water and shelter as they struggle merely to exist.

 

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