Despite President Barack Obama and his administration's use of verbal gymnastics to explain their claims that al-Qaida is on the decline, jihadists linked to that terrorist network are executing their enemies and hanging them on makeshift crosses, according to media reports emanating from the Middle East on Wednesday.
The alleged crucifixions occurred Tuesday in the Syrian city of Raqqa, where the group, formerly called al-Qaida in Iraq but now calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria took control of that the city.
While ISIS claimed those crucified were enemies, many believe those killed were actually rebels at war with the Syrian government of President Bashir al-Assad.
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, an organization that took photographs of the executions, has posted them on its Facebook page, and they are now being circulated on the Internet.
The photographs depict Syrians being attached to crosses but its not known if they were killed first and then hung on crosses or killed while hanging from their crosses. Islamist rebels fighting the Syrian military in the past were accused of executing their prisoners by shooting them in their heads and then hanging their lifeless bodies on crosses.
In Raqqa, the al-Qaida-linked rebels alleged that at least seven Syrian rebels committed acts of espionage and that they were plotting to kill ISIS commanders. Several small cities and towns are controlled by Islamic terrorists who appear to have all but taken over the rebellion against the Assad regime. Well over 175,000 people have died since the rebellion began in 2011 and millions of Syrian have taken refuge in nearby Arab countries.
President Barack Obama has described al-Qaida as being decimated or on the path to defeat about 32 times since the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, just prior to election day 2012, according to reports.