Monday, June 16, 2014

Militants carry out mass executions

excerpts from, June 16, 2014, Associated Press contribution

Photos posted on an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) Twitter account claimed to show Sunni militants carrying out a mass execution of Iraqi Shia air force recruits in Tikrit. The images show recruits being loaded onto flatbed trucks and being forced to lie down in a ditch with their hands tied behind them before they were shot.

Captions accompanying the photos boasted that as many as 1,700 recruits had been executed in this way.

Iraq's chief military spokesman, Lieutenant General Qassim al-Moussawi, told Sky News that he believed the photographs were authentic.

 Meanwhile, Sunni militants captured Tal Afar, approximately 260 miles northwest of Baghdad, before dawn on Monday.

"Residents are gripped by fear and most of them have already left the town to areas held by Kurdish security forces," said Tal Afar resident Hadeer al-Abadi, as he prepared to leave with his family.




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