Battle for Mosul: ISIS Hangs Bodies of 40 Civilians from Poles

Battle for Mosul: ISIS Hangs Bodies of 40 Civilians from Poles

The Islamic State has hung up on electricity poles the bodies of 40 people they shot and killed during the ongoing battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul.

BBC News reports that the 40 victims were accused of treason by the Islamic State. Another man was also reportedly killed by ISIS militants for refusing to obey an ISIS ban on mobile phones. Additionally, 20 civilians were shot and killed for allegedly leaking information.

Before killing the 40 civilians, ISIS militants reportedly dressed them in the notorious orange jumpsuits, accused them of “treason and collaboration,” and marked them with the words “traitors and agents of the ISF” (Iraqi Security Forces).

The battle for Mosul is now in its fourth week. Iraqi government forces, backed by the U.S., are fighting the Islamic State for control of the city. Mosul is ISIS’ last major stronghold.

As the fighting continues and ISIS militants continue to carry out brutal executions, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein called for the government to "act quickly to restore effective law enforcement in areas retaken from ISIL [IS] to ensure that captured fighters and their perceived supporters are dealt with according to the law.”

The forces battling against ISIS include some 50,000 Iraqi security forces personnel, soldiers, police, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Sunni Arab tribesmen, and Shia militiamen.

These forces reportedly entered the eastern outskirts of Mosul nine days ago.


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Publication date: November 11, 2016