A report out of besieged Mosul, the last ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) stronghold in Iraq, brings news of a quelled rebellion within ISIS’ own ranks. According to a number of sources, ISIS put 58 former colleagues and citizens to death by drowning for actively engaging in and fomenting rebellion against the so-called caliphate.
Reuters reported this week that a rebel plot by one of ISIS’ own commanders was crushed by the extremist organization. Sources within the citizenry and Iraqi security officials said the plot was led by a local aide to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State. He was also one of 58 people executed by forcible drowning by the Islamic State after an orchestrated plan to aid invading forces was uncovered.
Reuters decided against releasing the name of the actual rebel leader to deter reprisals against family members by ISIS.
Corroborating accounts of the rebellion and executions were supplied by Hisham al-Hashimi, an ISIS affairs specialist who advises the Iraqi government in Baghdad, and Colonel Ahmed al-Taie of Mosul’s Nineveh province Operation Command’s military intelligence. Five separate reports by Mosul residents also supplied details of the sweep that netted the plotters.
Witnesses said that the 58 were all forcibly drowned and then buried in a mass grave in an area outside the city limits. The rebels were rounded up last week. Their plans were to help in the undermining of ISIS’ defense of the city during the upcoming attacks by the forces set to retake Mosul.
By several accounts, those attacks began on October 17, just days after the rebellion was put down. BBC News reported that artillery started to bombard Mosul early in the day, a preparatory procedure that is usually followed by an actual advance by troops on the ground. Tanks also began moving toward what once was Iraq’s second-largest city. (Since ISIS took control, hundreds of thousands have fled Mosul or have been killed — many by execution — subsequent to the implementation of the extremists’ draconian legal system and military disciplinary measures.) The long-awaited attempt to retake Mosul, the capital of the Islamic State’s Iraq territory since June of 2014, had officially begun.
The operation, which has been in the works since earlier this year, is being conducted by Kurdish Peshmerga forces, the Iraqi government, and allied forces. Turkey, which has been aiding in military operations to the north, has also expressed interest in joining the recapture efforts, although the Iraqi government, thus far, has shown a distinct aversion to that nation taking a role in the operation.
At the same time, the United Nations has expressed extreme concern for the estimated 1.5 million people who live in the Mosul area.
The drowning executions of those involved in the Mosul rebellion against ISIS are just the latest example of how the Islamic State metes out punishment for infractions deemed anti-Islamic or anti-ISIS in nature. As the Inquisitr has reported over the past several months, the various methods chosen for the executions read like a list of horror film-inspired atrocities, and the Islamic State has not been in the least bit lenient with those found wanting within its own ranks.
In August, it was reported that 200 former ISIS fighters were put to death by gassing them inside of a vehicle (or vehicles). The dead, which had been bound prior to the gassing, were placed in a mass grave, according to witnesses.
In late August, ISIS put to death nine youths accused of being part of a resistance faction. The public executions were carried out by chainsaw, the youths body cut in half.
Just a month later, six more youths, also accused of participating in resistance activities, were executed in public. During that particular act, the ISIS executioner used welding tools.
Included in the reported horrific execution methods used by ISIS are beheadings, burning prisoners and captives alive, burying them alive, dipping them in a pool of nitric acid, and lowering them into burning vats of tar.
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