Daesh claims execution of 11 pro-government fighters in Iraq
Pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilization units rest as they patrol west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on April 20, 2015, where pro-government forces say they have recently made advances on areas held by extremists. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
Daesh (ISIS) released photos online claiming to have executed 11 pro-government fighters in Iraq, AFP reported Tuesday.
The text accompanying the photos said the men were killed north of Baghdad in the Salaheddin province, where last month there were heavy clashes when government forces reclaimed Tikrit. The group also identified the men as members of the Popular Mobilization units, paramilitary forces that have been fighting against Daesh alongside Iraq.
The release of the photos follows a day after the extremists shared a video showing the mass execution of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.
Daesh's offensive in June had overrun security forces north of Baghdad. Iraq then turned to paramilitary forces, mostly Iranian-backed Shiites, and since has been able to gain ground against the extremist group.