Having lost Ramadi to Iraqi army troops and allied volunteer forces, Daesh has gone on a revenge killing spree in areas under its control, reports from the country say.
Daesh executed dozens of civilians, including women and children, in a village in the al-Qiara district of the Nineveh province on Monday, satellite television network al-Sumaria News reported.
The villagers had forced Daesh members into retreat months ago, but the militants have returned over the past days, renewing their atrocities there, it said.
Elsewhere in the same district, Daesh executed 30 of its members aged below 16, who had fled the Ramadi battleground.
In the east of Mosul, Nineveh’s provincial capital, the militants executed two teachers for refusing to teach the material Daesh had dictated.
Daesh militants also killed a local imam in western Mosul for refusing to pledge allegiance to the group.
Meanwhile, a senior police commander in Nineveh said a mass grave, bearing 120 bodies, had been found in a village northwest of Mosul. There were a number of villagers and military personnel among the dead.
The killings came only a day after Iraqi military and volunteer forces liberated Ramadi, the capital of the neighboring Anbar province. The city had fallen to Daesh back in May.
Ramadi’s liberation is one of the most significant victories for Iraq’s armed forces since Daesh seized swathes of the Iraqi land in 2014.
Following the recapture, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri said the military would use Ramadi’s liberation as a “launchpad” to free Mosul.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed to rid the entire country of Daesh in 2016.
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