This is the horrific reality described by the Kurds who have managed to flee into Turkey from Kobane, where the barbaric fanatics hold sway, despite coalition air strikes.
Terrified civilians are stuck in the town and in a no-man’s land between the outskirts and the border, which is closed to them.
Ekram Ahmet, 40, who fled Kobane with his wife and five children six days ago, told the Sunday People: “Many of the old people refuse to leave their sons to fight.
"Many have nowhere to go and many more are trapped between the town and the Turkish border – out in the open waiting for rescue or certain death.
“IS are animals. They’re not human. They have a bloodlust the like of which I’ve never seen – it’s as if they enjoy killing.
"They revel in cutting heads off – it’s like their trademark.”
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