UK Daily Mail Thirteen-year-old Dillyar cannot get the image of his cousin being beheaded out of his mind. The pair were fleeing Kobane and running down a street when Islamic State fighters blocked their exit.
Dillyar managed to slip through their grasp but his cousin Mohammed, 20, was seized, and gave a blood-curdling scream as one of the black-clad maniacs drew out a knife.
‘They pushed him to the ground and sawed his head off, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’,’ the schoolboy told me yesterday. ‘I see it in my dreams every night and every morning I wake up and remember everything.’
Many spoke of headless corpses now littering the streets of Kobane, with other townsfolk having their eyes gouged out. Amin Fajar said: “I have seen tens, maybe hundreds, of bodies with their heads cut off. Others with just their hands or legs missing.
“I have seen faces with their eyes or tongues cut out – I can never forget it for as long as I live. They put the heads on display to scare us all.”
Refugees who made it to Suruc, just across the border in Turkey, tell of witnessing appalling horrors in hushed tones, as if they can barely believe it themselves.
Father-of-four Amin Fajar, 38, said: ‘I have seen tens, maybe hundreds, of bodies with their heads cut off. Others with just their hands or legs missing. I have seen faces with their eyes or tongues cut out – I can never forget it for as long as I live. They put the heads on display to scare us all.’
ISIS showing off some of their dead trophies in Kobane:
Did ISIS Use Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds in Kobani? Photographs have been published which experts claim show the hideous wounds caused by chemical weapons used by Isis militants in an attack on Kurdish fighters.
Obtained by the Middle East Review of International Affairs, the pictures allegedly show the dead bodies of three Kurdish fighters killed by Isis militants during an attack on a village near Kobani, Syria.
Kobani is currently in the international spotlight, after Kurdish fighters resisted the onslaught of Isis fighters for weeks. Kurdish activists claim that the weapons were used in an earlier attack on the village of Avdiko on 12 July, reports the Jerusalem Post.
Mustard gas suspected: Nisan Ahmed, health minister of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Syria, said that the wounds could not have been caused by bullets or conventional explosives, and consisted in “burns and white spots… without any visible wounds or external bleeding.”
The journal quotes an Israeli expert claiming that the wounds suggest the use of mustard gas, but adding that the evidence was inconclusive and further research was needed. It suggests that the chemical weapons could have been acquired following Isis’s capture of the Muthanna complex about 36 miles northwest of Baghdad, which was used by the government of Saddam Hussein to produce chemical weapons.