ISIS reportedly executed 13 boys in Iraq for watching soccer

Thirteen teenage boys have reportedly been executed for doing what millions around the world do every day, and a lucky few of us are paid to do: coming together to watch soccer on television.

According to Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (Arabic) — a group self-described as “The Syrian people’s campaign against ISIS and Assad in Raqqa” that reports on ISIS’ movements — a group of boys gathered to watch an Asian Cup match in the Iraqi city of Mosul, between their home nation and Jordan, and they faced a public execution for it..

“The bodies remained lying in the open and their parents were unable to withdraw them for fear of murder by terrorist organization.”

Watching televised soccer has been declared a violation of Sharia law under the militant group’s brutal interpretation. The boys were spotted watching the match, rounded up and brought into a public square, where the charges brought against them were read over a radio by a masked ISIS fighter.

A Daily Mail story suggests the boys were charged with engaging in homosexual activities, and it was declared that they would be executed. The 13 children met their deaths by a public, machine-gunned-armed firing squad.

A United Nations investigation into ISIS activities in Iraq states that people are routinely arrested by the group, charged, declared guilty and executed in front of audiences without the benefit of a trial. In that same NY Times piece, the UN says it has not been able to independently confirm the story of the 13 boys arrest and execution, but that the practice would not be uncommon.