On Tuesday, the terrorist group reported that Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, its second-in-command, was dead — one of 40 terrorists killed in a Russian airstrike in the Aleppo province.
Losing influence and strength in the region, Daesh has reportedly resorted to new acts of horrific depravity, killing young people tied to a pole in a public square in the city of Mosul.
“ISIS fighters have executed nine youths of Mosul. The outfit accused that these youths belonged to an anti-ISIS resistance faction,” a source inside the city told Iraqi News.
“The death sentence pronounced by ISIS sharia court stated that the men should be tied to an iron pole in the center of Tal Afar Square in Mosul and then sliced into two with an electric chainsaw.”
On Tuesday, Daesh extremists reportedly used metal wire to sew up the mouths of four Mosul residents accused of mentioning Iraqi Army victories.
“Four of our residents were discussing the success of the army in a casual conversation about politics, when another man suddenly joined in. He casually discussed with them the defeat of Daesh and offensive operations in Nineveh,” a resident told Sputnik.
“Later, all four people were caught. Right where they were standing, their mouths were sewn up with metal wire.”
Daesh has executed thousands of Iraqi and Syrian civilians in Mosul since gaining control of the city in 2014.
Earlier this week, a geographical survey found up to 72 mass graves across Syria and Iraq, containing between 5,200-15,000 victims of Daesh. Many of the dead are of the Yazidi ethnic group.
“We see clear evidence of the intent to destroy the Yazidi people,” said Naomi Kikoler, director of policy and advocacy with the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.
“There’s been virtually no effort to systematically document the crimes perpetrated, to preserve the evidence, and to ensure that mass graves are identified and protected.”
In June, the terrorist group killed at least 30 civilians as they fled the Iraqi city of Fallujah, including women and children.
“ISIS militants told men that if they want to leave the town, so they are free to do that, under one condition, not to take their families with them, and if they tried to do so they would kill them,” an Iraqi military spokesman told NBC at the time.