The Story of Two Armenians Arrested by ISIS

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Opposition fighters prepare to storm the headquarters of the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in the Bab al-Neirab neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 7, 2014.(Photo: AFP - Medo Halab).

By: Suhaib Anjarini

Published Thursday, January 16, 2014

The story of Wanis and Minas Livonian, two Syrian-Armenians from the north Syrian city of Aleppo, seems almost out of this world. They were killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and its local Sharia committee forbade their family from burying them.

Aleppo resident Anis Livonian, known as Abu Minas, owned a small ice factory in the eastern Aleppo countryside’s Bab district. The factory was the entire fortune of this 69 year old. When ISIS reached the region four months ago, it took control of the factory.

No one can imagine what Wanis and his son Minas, 38, were thinking when they decided to risk their lives and head to the industrial city in Sheikh Najjar. Certainly, they didn’t imagine it would lead to their deaths.

The father visited the booty department at ISIS headquarters, seeking a deal with the emir, but ISIS arrested them at once when it discovered they were Armenians.

Wanis was married with two daughters and a son. Minas was married with three children, the oldest 11 years old. Their family tried to obtain information about their whereabouts but to no avail.

Three months later, an ISIS religious judge came to the two men with a solution. A former prisoner of ISIS told Al-Akhbar, “Abu Issa told them: Convert to Islam and you will be safe." Naturally, they quickly agreed, declaring the shahada. Then, the two “Muslim Armenians” were sent back to their cell “temporarily."

Though Abu Issa had promised to release them, three days later Minas asked an “investigator” frequenting the prison about the reasons behind the delay. He answered, “The emir was not convinced by your Islam." Minas asked, “How was he not? We swore!” The investigator replied, “You, people of the book, your bible is distorted and your beliefs are void. You must have pretended that you converted to Islam to fool us."

According to the source, before the battles between ISIS and the armed opposition groups reached the prison, the two men were told, along with other prisoners, that they would appear before a judge. However, the judge was a gun, and the verdict was two bullets in the head.
The tragedy didn’t end with their death. A family member told Al-Akhbar, “We found out about their death over the Internet. It was very sad."

The relatives sought to retrieve the bodies. “We wanted to hold a decent burial for them, is not that the minimum we can do?”

Finally, some volunteers at a civil society organization managed to locate the bodies being held by the Aleppo Sharia Committee, which refused to hand over the body. Reportedly, the committee said, “This is impossible. They declared their Islam. They are now martyrs and should be buried in a proper way, according to Sharia.”

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

Comments

Fuck isis and fuck sharia

God already punished these Muslim terrorists and criminals , they are killing each other everyday and i hope they continue to kill each other , thank you God .

Disgusting contaminants of the gene pool. There is no "moderate" islam. Muhammad spread the religion by the sword. The islamic flag has a sword on it. The islamic tradition of warfare calls for the killing of all males to the age of 7 and the kidnapping of the women as property. To the age of 7 as the ones younger than that will grow up not being able to remember their tribe.

The truly religious and pious muslims might as well be Christians, as they live on the positive side of the religion, extending hospitality to all and protection to the weak. They however are railroaded by political islam which has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with power, politics, and for the most part savagery.

Wake up people. Wake up and join the civilized world. Your leaders are leading you savagery, and back to the days of muhammad. It's the 21st century and you're killing people for converting or not converting to a religion You are fully 500 years behind Western and Judeo Christian history. YOU ARE LIVING IN THE DARK AGES...NOTHING BUT ILLITERATE SAVAGES.

Hear, hear.

I only wish our western humanitarian government would wake up and stop allowing these middle eastern muslims from emigrating to the west. These liberal policies are building time bombs within our societies right now!

Those that support these hate filled Wahhabi driven terror groups; those who fund them, protect them and arm them... they must also be charged along with the perpetrators and held as defendants in any crimes against humanity court that must be held. It must not matter as to what "royalty" they belong to, or, how much oil wealth they have accumulated. They can swing from the gallows as well as those terrorists that they have unleashed against innocent civilians!

Those who are under the illusion that an Islamist government in Syria would be any different than ISIS and Al-Nusra Wahhabi Sharia driven orthodoxy and savagery need to take a second look at what they are supporting and promoting....

What exactly could they have against 2 harmless Syrian Armenians? These brutes are psychotic ethnic, sectarian cleansers. Poor man and his son didn't realise what monsters they were dealing with.

Armenians witness crimes as such 100 years ago, what has changed , this group who claims Shari brings shame to Islam
ISIS is a terrorist blood thirsty group and will be hunted down
they treat their fellow Muslims with no mercy either
Gods curse upon you

What sort os islam is this.....Murderers .....

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