ISIS has executed six more youths of Mosul in yet another horror-film-imagined public mass execution. This time, the extremists used welding tools to carry out the death sentences.
Iraqi News reported last week that ISIS put to death six prisoners, described as “boys” by the news site, by killing them with welding tools after they were convicted of fighting for a resistance group. As has been ISIS’ usual method, the mass execution took place in public.
The source, wishing to speak only on condition of anonymity, said, “The terrorist outfit executed six youths in Mosul. ISIS said that the youths belonged to a resistance faction.”
The source then described the execution.
“The youths were first handcuffed and then a welding machine and a welding rod was used to kill them. The execution took place in Mosul in front of a large gathering.”
The source did not elaborate on just how the welding rod was used in the execution of the youths. It can only be imagined that the deaths were extremely painful.
Why such a heinous method of execution? According to the source, “This came in order to create a state of fear and panic among the people.”
The horrific execution is just the latest in a series of public executions carried out by ISIS that read like horror movie killings. The use of welding tools comes just a few weeks after the Islamic State put to death a group of nine youths for the same reason — allegedly belonging to a resistance faction. As reported by the Inquisitr, only the method of execution was different. In that particular incident, the prisoners were cut in half with a chainsaw.
It is unclear as to the Islamic State’s motives in carrying out executions in the varied, horrific ways they have been applied. However, given the group’s history of brutality concerning captives and prisoners, ISIS is not averse to using its acts — sometimes photographed or filmed — to push its extreme fundamentalist version of Islam.
And while ISIS continues to administer its atrocity-laden brand of justice inside Mosul, its time there as a ruling entity is numbered in days, perhaps weeks, as the forces arrayed against it tighten the cordon that has been set up around the city. The Iraqi army, supported by a United States-led coalition, have been pressing Mosul from the south, while Peshmerga troops (from the autonomous state of Iraqi Kurdistan) move in from the north.
French jets began bombing Mosul on Friday, dropping laser-guided bombs onto Iraq’s second-largest city in preparations for the planned offensive set to take back the city from ISIS control. Rudaw reported that 24 French jets based on the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle were scheduled to attack the city, flying in sorties of one every three minutes. The long-planned operation to oust ISIS from Mosul will take place before the end of the year. ISIS took control of Mosul in June 2014, subsequently declaring itself the sovereign Islamic State and presumptuously announced itself to be a worldwide caliphate.
It was also announced this week that the United States would be sending an additional 600 troops to Iraq to aid in the offensive to reclaim Mosul. Reuters reported that the deployment was announced by both U.S. and Iraqi officials. The build-up of U.S. forces was in answer to an Iraqi government request for more U.S. military trainers and advisers, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement.
A report by IHS Conflict Monitor in July, 2016, revealed that the Islamic State had lost about a quarter of the territory that it held in Syria and Iraq at its fullest expansion in January, 2015.