BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed jihadist rebels in northern Latakia carried out a new operation this week that targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Turkmen Mountains.
At first, the jihadist rebels were able to achieve some success at the Jabal Turkmen front; however, they would later see all of their gains reversed by the Syrian Arab Army.
During their operation, the jihadist rebels killed more than ten Syrian border guards and army soldiers, with most of the casualties coming at the start of the militant attack.
The pro-jihadist media outlets like Akhbar Al-Sahel Al-Shami later released photos from the attack, showing some Syrian border guards that were killed during the start of the operation.
Among the dead Syrian border guards was 23-year-old Ibrahim Ahmad Berri of Aleppo city. Berri’s body was stripped of its possessions by the jihadist rebels, who took a keen interest in his cell phone.
The jihadist rebels would then behead the Syrian border guard and then photograph his severed head to post later on his Facebook account.
An officer is killed in today's fighting; the attackers then behead him&using his smartphone take a picture of severed head making it his profile picture on Facebook. Hours later picture is still there 4everyone who once knew him to see it.
I guess it's just another day in #Syria pic.twitter.com/wYYXV1uyUO
— Alaa Ebrahim (@Alaa_Ebrahim_tv) July 9, 2019
According to Lebanese activist Hadi Nasrallah, who knows the family, the jihadists called the mother of the fallen soldier and began mocking her son.
The Berri family of Aleppo was one of the first clans to join the National Defense Forces (NDF) in Aleppo in 2013; they have lost several members of the family since the start of the war.
The jihadists behind the beheading are believed to be members of the Turkestan Islamic Party, which is a foreign terrorist group that currently occupies several areas in the Latakia and Idlib governorates.