From Shelby Lin Erdman, Mohammed Tawfeeq and Hamdi Alkhshali,
updated 9:21 PM EDT, Fri July 18, 2014
Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)
-- The militant jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria killed dozens of Syrian troops and workers during an attack on a gas field in central Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, killed 270 Syrians, including national guard members, security guards and employees, after storming and seizing the al Shaer gas field in Homs province on Thursday, the group said. The death toll could climb. Another 90 security guards and employees are missing, the anti-government activist group added.
Word of the slaughter in Homs came after ISIS violence against Christians and other minority groups in Iraq in recent weeks.
The Islamist militants, now occupying large regions of Iraq and Syria, have issued an ultimatum to the remaining Iraqi Christians in the city of Mosul: accept Islam, pay extra taxes to Islamic Sharia courts (must be Dems at heart)
, or face "death by the sword."