Islamic State militants have released a new graphic video showing militants executing two Iraqi army officers, the first since Iraqi forces began a successful push Sunday to retake the group’s last strongholds in Mosul.
The first officer was Abbas al-Samarrai, who had been reported missing by his family. He was beheaded by the militants as the video reportedly showed.
The second one’s name was not mentioned in the video, but he was shown lying into a hole in the ground and shot by a firing squad. He had probably been forced to dig the hole himself, as Islamic State habit went in past executions.
Since it occupied large areas of Iraq in 2014, Islamic State has posted videos of heinous executions of civilians, security personnel, and foreign workers over multiple charges, most commonly collaboration with security authorities as well as violation of its extreme religious rules. Reports say the group has even executed many of its own members for slacking in the battlefield or escaping encounters with Iraqi forces which had launched a major campaign last October to retake Mosul.