Terror group Islamic State ( Isis) has allegedly executed a top rebel commander accused of collaborating with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Syrian civil war factbox
The Syrian civil war erupted in 2011 and pitted forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad against rebels, causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians.
According to latest estimates, at least 191,000 people have been killed in the conflict while millions have fled their homes.
It is estimated that 6.5 million Syrians are internally displaced; of these, half are children.
First Lieutenant Oraba Idriss was killed by IS fighters as he also refused to pledge allegiance to the militant group, a source told Zaman Al Wasl newspaper, an independent online source monitoring human rights abuses in Syria.
The young officer, from the Homs province, was a relative of former Gen. Salim Idriss of the Free Syrian Army, a group founded by former Syrian soldiers who defected at the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011.
The news of Idriss' execution came a day after a mass grave containing 230 corpses was found in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zor, shortly after al-Qaeda affiliated militants captured a key military base after two years of fighting.
IS insurgents have killed thousands of people in Iraq and Syria since last July.
The terrorists, who control large swaths of the two countries and aim to establish an Islamic caliphate, often execute people who refuse to comply with the their strict sharia laws imposed on the occupied areas.