ISIS fanatics bury 45 of their own jihadis ALIVE after they tried to flee fighting
Panicked Islamic State jihadis have buried alive 45 of their own fighters for attempting to flee the battlefield, as the terror group struggles to stem the mass exodus of militants.
Baghdad : The men, accused of deserting ISIS at a time when their numbers have hit a two-year low, were murdered in a mass grave in north-west Iraq.
ISIS has been haemorrhaging support across the Middle East, with the number of foreign-born militants also down by 90 per cent in recent months.
Today’s brutal execution came after the group of men allegedly fled fierce fighting that was raging against Kurdish Peshmerga forces in al-Bashir village.
IraqiNews.com reported that “ISIS had buried its members, who escaped from al-Bashir battles, inside one grave in Qayyarah vicinity in Nineveh Province.
“The escaped ISIS members were buried alive.
“ISIS buried these members after escaping from Qasbet Bashir battles in southern Kirkuk.”
It follows the killing of 35 fellow ISIS terrorists south of Mosul in February after jihadi commanders accused them of conspiracy.
Their deaths have sparked rumours of a fresh internal dispute within the terrorist group, which has seen its territory eaten away by successive desertions, airstrikes and defeats on the ground.
Kurdish journalist Bawer Khalil told ARA News: “This mass execution of jihadis indicates that ISIS is now suffering mounting disputes from within.”
According to a senior US general, just a few hundred foreign-born jihadis are now registering with the caliphate each month, down from a high of 2,000 just a year ago.
Major-General Peter Gersten’s estimate supports the theory ISIS’ total headcount has dropped dramatically from around 31,000 to as low as 19,000 – close to half their historic high.
However, military chiefs warn while ISIS in the Middle East may be on the back foot, the group is adding to its North African fighting force every day, with the Libyan faction doubling in size to 6,000 in the past year.
Source : EXPRESS