The Daesh Takfiri terrorists have executed 17 of the group’s commanders for escaping the battlefield in a strategic Iraqi town south of their stronghold of Mosul.
The commanders were executed by the firing squad in Mosul for getting away from the frontline in the town of Qayyarah, a local source told Iraq’s al-Sumaria news website on Wednesday.
Last month, Iraqi forces launched an operation to liberate the town from the control of Daesh in preparation for an offensive to retake Mosul. The forces have so far made remarkable advances against the terrorists.
The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since Daesh began a campaign of terror in the country in June 2014, when they overran Mosul and declared it their so-called headquarters in Iraq.
The Daesh terrorists have gained notoriety for their barbarity, heinous atrocities and sacrilegious acts. The militants have been accused of committing gross human rights violations and war crimes in the areas they control in Iraq as well as in neighboring Syria.
Iraqi army soldiers and allied volunteer fighters have been fighting to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.
Iraq’s Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi said in February that the country has undertaken a decisive battle to retake Mosul by the year-end.