ERBIL – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) has publicly executed dozens of its own militant fighters who fled the fighting fronts with Iraqi forces.
The militants were arrested after evacuating their fighting positions in ar-Rutba and Hit districts, west of Ramadi.
The ISIS fighters were detained and executed at the hands of fellow jihadis in Mosul city of Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province, local sources reported on Tuesday.
“Daesh military leadership in Mosul considered them as traitors and beheaded them in front of hundreds of people, including jihadi commanders and Sharia officials,” an eyewitness told ARA News, using an acronym for ISIS.
“They were mostly Iraqi jihadis who fought in ISIS ranks in Anbar province,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
As the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi army troops extended their military operations against ISIS in the vicinity of Mosul, a state of alert prevailed in the group’s ranks in the city–which has been under the jihadis’ control for over two years and deemed a de facto capital for the ISIS self-declared Caliphate in Iraq.
“ISIS jihadi families have escaped from the districts of ar-Rutba and Hit towards central Iraq and Mosul, while many others headed to the villages on the Syrian-Iraqi border,” rights activist Muhammad Moselli told ARA News. “This comes amid constant advance by the Peshmerga and Iraqi army, and continuous airstrikes by the western coalition.”
In the meantime, the security committee of the Khalidiya District Council in Anbar announced on Monday that dozens of civilians were displaced from the Hit and the Mohammadi districts west of Ramadi.
“We expect the Iraqi army and security forces to storm the districts of ar-Rutba and Hit soon,” it said in a statement.
“The Iraqi security forces were able to open safe routes in the vicinity of Hit, transferring more than 80 families to relatively safe areas in the districts of Khalidiya and Habbaniyah,” the Committee Chairman Ibrahim Fahdawi told local reporters. “We will provide the displaced families with food and health care.”
Fahdawi pointed out that hundreds of displaced Iraqi citizens “are trying to reach the city of Ramadi” after ISIS militants fled to al-Qaim city on Syria-Iraq border.
The province of Anbar had been under ISIS control for nearly two years ago. However, the Iraqi army and security forces, supported by the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, were able to recapture the city of Ramadi and its western countryside from the radical group, killing hundreds of jihadi militants during the battles.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News
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