DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:25 P.M.) – Islamic State released 18 revolting images on Saturday showcasing the summary execution and decapitation of a handful of captive Iraqi soldiers, supposedly members of the Popular Mobilization Units and Iraqi Army along with a spy.
According to Amaq Agency, the largest ISIS propaganda outlet, the gruesome beheading incident happened in Diyala province of eastern Iraq, a region neighbouring Iran. ISIS militants were otherwise thought to be largely expelled from this area.
The photos are not for the faint-hearted; viewer discretion is advised.
Meanwhile, ISIS forces are on the verge of collapse in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and a long-standing Islamic State bastion. Currently, an estimated 1,000 militants are besieged in the northwestern part of the city, holding control of only 15% of Mosul.