Daesh kills five senior Iraqi army officers
Members of the ISIL terrorist group have reportedly executed five high-ranking Iraqi army officers in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh.
Security sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that the ISIL extremists killed the Iraqi military personnel by firing squad in the militant-held city of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers (248 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad.
The development comes almost a week after the ISIL terrorists burned to death 16 civilians in the western al-Islah neighborhood of Mosul, after the men refused to pledge allegiance to the terrorist group’s leader, Ibrahim al-Samarrai, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Local official Mowaffaq Hamid al-Azawi described Mosul as a big open-air prison, where residents are subjected to various kinds of torture and are suffering at the hands of the ISIL.
He added that some scholars in the city even distort religious principles to serve the ISIL’s interests.
The burning incident came on the same day as the ISIL militants immolated three civilians in the town of Hit, located about 140 kilometers (85 miles) west of Baghdad, after accusing them of collaborating with the Iraqi security forces.
The brutal executions were similar to the one carried out against Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh, who was captured and held by the terrorists as a hostage. On February 3, the ISIL posted a video online showing the Takfiri terrorists setting the airman on fire.
The ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.
The terrorists have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against all Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.
Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have succeeded in driving the ISIL terrorists out of some areas in Iraq.