Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants have executed 15 civilians in northern Mosul, news reports quoted an local official on Tuesday as the group braces for a new, decisive round of battles with Iraqi government troops.
Sidu al-Tatani, a member of the Nineveh province council, was quoted as saying that the extremist group executed 15 civilians in the village of Sheikh Mohamed, north of the city.
The report did not quote him telling of the reasons of the reason, the method or the exact timing of the massacre.
Islamic State took over several Iraqi cities in 2014 to establish a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate”. But Iraqi government forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and popular troops, managed from mid October to January 24th to recapture the eastern section of the city from the group. The militants are currently holding a majority of territories in western Mosul, and security forces are preparing for an invasion of that region to consummate the liberation of the group’s largest urban stronghold in Iraq.
The group has regularly carried out heinous executions of civilians and security captives over diverse charges that range from violation of its extreme religious views to collaboration with security authorities. It has posted several movies of the executions via its media outlets. IS’s reign of terror has forced 191.000 civilians to flee to refugee camps since the start of confrontations with government troops. There are at least 750,000 stranded inside its western strongholds.