200 Iraqis killed in mass executions by ISIS fighters, Human Rights Watch says
Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria mowed down the men with machine guns at two locations in Tikrit between June 11 and June 14, New York-based Human Rights Watch reported Friday. Pictures posted on the group’s website show rows of men lying face down in trenches while their executioners blast away.
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Friday, June 27, 2014, 11:48 AM
-/AFP/Getty Images. This photo on jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin purportedly shows ISIS militants about to execute dozens of captured Iraqi security force members in the Salaheddin province. Human Rights Watch said Friday that fighters inspired by Al-Qaeda had executed Iraqi soldiers en masse this month in Tikrit.
The Muslim fanatics bent on carving out an Islamic state in Syria and Iraq reportedly massacred nearly 200 men in Saddam Hussein’s hometown.
Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, mowed down the men with machine guns at two locations in Tikrit between June 11 and June 14, New York-based Human Rights Watch reported Friday.
Pictures posted on the group’s website show rows of men lying face down in trenches while their executioners blast away.
“The photos and satellite images from Tikrit provide strong evidence of a horrible war crime that needs further investigation,” Human Rights Watch Emergency Director Peter Bouckaert said in a statement.
“The number of victims may well be much higher, but the difficulty of locating bodies and visiting the area has prevented a full investigation.”
Chances are good that there are more bodies.
ISIS boasted on June 12 that it executed 1,700 “members of the army” in Tikrit.
It was the latest horror laid at the door of ISIS, a Sunni Muslim killing machine that is so radical it no longer takes marching orders from Al Qaeda.
ISIS members are apparently pictured with captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit. The radical fighters executed at least 160 captives earlier this month in that city, according to Human Rights Watch.
The massacre happened in the town that spawned the brutal Iraqi dictator who was ousted by U.S. forces in 2003 and hanged by his former subjects three years later.
Word of the mass killing came on the heels of reports that ISIS was kidnapping Kurdish kids and brainwashing them into becoming jihadis.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has been trying to keep his country from falling into the clutches of ISIS, launched chopper attacks Friday on the militants in Tikrit.
Meanwhile, Tikrit residents hid in their homes while the fighting raged outside.
“We’re hearing helicopters hovering above and the thud of mortar rounds landing,” Khaled al-Samarraei, 45, told the Associated Press.
“I couldn’t get out of the city because I have a big family and couldn’t all of them out and my car had run out of fuel. We are looking forward to this military operation to end this situation.”
ISIS has also been fighting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s forces in that war-torn country.
One ISIS fighter holds a weapon while another grips a flag in Iraq city Mosul on Monday.
Earlier this week, President Obama asked Congress to approve $500 million to help moderate Syrian rebels seeking to oust Assad — and to keep Syria from being taken over by maniacs like ISIS.
Maliki, who is a Shiite Muslim, helped set the stage for a possible ISIS takeover of Iraq by running a corrupt regime that made the Sunni minority second-class citizens in their country.
The increasingly despotic Iraqi leader blames Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni monarchies in the Persian Gulf for fomenting the violence.
There were more signs Friday that Iraq may be fracturing.
With the Iraqi forces struggling to stave off ISIS, Kurds who have long dreamed of having their own independent state took control of the key city of Kirkuk.
“The Peshmerga had to interfere to protect the regions the Iraqi army has withdrawn from and won’t let them fall or be controlled by the gunmen,” Kurdistan Regional President Massoud Barzani said.
And that, he said, “can’t be reversed or changed.”
— With News Wire Services