A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group (IS) militant to avenge people "executed" by the jihadists in northeastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where IS holds large areas of the countryside.
According to the monitor, the Christian fighter, a member of the minority Assyrian community, found the jihadist in the local village of Tal Shamiram.
"He took him prisoner and when he found out he was a member of IS, the Assyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed by the group in the region," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
The Observatory is based in Britain but has covered the Syrian conflict since it broke out four years ago thanks to a network of sources inside the country.
The Christian was fighting in the ranks of Kurdish forces who earlier this month drove IS out of more than a dozen Assyrian villages the jihadists had captured in Hasakeh.
IS has carried out a wave of abuses in areas it controls in both Syria and Iraq, including public beheadings, mass executions, enslavement and rape.An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth? Fantastic. The concept of "turn the other cheek" is applicable to personal situations. When it comes to defending others, protecting a collective, or defending your nation, you apply the "eye for an eye" methodology as a deterrent and as a punitive method for wiping away the scum in your society. I have always been confused as to why people simply cannot understand that the directions in the Old Testament are meant for governments and peoples, while the directions of Christ in the New Testament are meant for people's personal lives.
With any luck, this brave Christian is starting a trend. The Christians of the Middle East need to fight back with ferocity, and they need to demonstrate that they cannot be easily trampled over like grass. Otherwise, the entire land will resemble the mad lands of Conan the Barbarian.