ISIS jihadis execute 12 prisoners near Kirkuk, punish dozens of civilians for trying to escape Mosul

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Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) raiding a building in Raqqa. File photo

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The Kurdistan Region’s Security Council (KRSC) on Sunday said that ISIS has killed 12 prisoners close to the province of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq.

Moreover, ISIS has reportedly executed over 140 civilians for trying to flee Western Mosul, the KRSC confirmed.

“According to our Counter Terrorism Dept (CTD), today ISIS killed 12 prisoners in Tal Al-Baeer area on the Riyaz-Hawija Road [in Kirkuk province],” said the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council, which oversees security and intelligence community in the Kurdistan Region and coordinates coalition airstrikes against ISIS.

“The prisoners were transferred from Hawija Prison in a truck and shot at 1100hrs in presence of ISIS security chief, Saadon Morshid Humairi,” KRSC said.

“ISIS accused them of contacting the Iraqi army and security services by mobile phones. They were killed in the nearby forest,” it added.

The KRSC also said ISIS killed over 140 civilians in Mosul.

“According to our CT Dept (CTD), on Monday and Tuesday ISIS massacred 140 civilians fleeing to areas controlled by Iraqi forces,” it said. “Some bodies were later hung on electrical poles in Eslah Zirai and Tanak neighbourhoods, others were taken to nearby front-lines.”

The KRSC closely monitors ISIS movements and is also involved in providing intelligence to the US-led coalition used for airstrikes against the senior ISIS leadership.

Speaking to ARA News, Ceng Sagnic, a researcher with the Tel Aviv-based Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, said the cooperation between the Kurdistan Region and the US-led coalition against ISIS is not surprising.

“There’s a joint operation room in Erbil [capital of Iraqi Kurdistan] and all these airstrikes are coordinated from there,” he said. “The coalition makes significant use of KRG intelligence that has established its ground networks in other parts of Iraq prior to the ISIS expansion into this country.”

“Most of those intelligence networks were in use for the surveillance of Iraqi and Sunni insurgent movements, but are now used against ISIS. Another factor is the KRG’s strong relations with the Sunni tribes in Nineveh, leaders of which are mostly based in Erbil. These contacts give the KRG the ability to gather intelligence from local sources,” the security analyst told ARA News.

The Iraqi Kurds have a historical relation of working with US forces to defeat Islamist groups. In March 2003, Kurdish Peshmerga forces in coordination with US Special Forces killed a great number of senior leaders from the extremist Ansar al-Islam group in Halabja and destroyed their emirate. When ISIS took Mosul in August 2014, many Ansar al-Islam militants joined ISIS.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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