The caption reads that the executions are a revenge for the killing of a leader of the Isis, Abdul-Rahman al-Beilawy, whose death has been confirmed by both the government and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant shortly before the group took control of Mosul and Tikrit, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Most of the soldiers who appear in the images are wearing civilian clothes and some in military uniforms are seen to appear from below, which may indicate that they tried to disguise themselves as civilians in a hurry to try to escape. Many soldiers and policemen have left their military uniforms and their equipment while the militants entered in Mosul, Tikrit and nearby areas taking control.
On Friday, the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the UN, Navi Pillay, had expressed “extreme alarm” at reports of war crimes from Iraq, talking about “murder of all kinds” and reporting that the death toll the last days of violence could reach hundreds of people killed and a thousand injured. Pillay said that his office had heard of “summary executions” Isis after militants had taken control of several cities in Iraq.
The claim by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that it has massacred 1700 Iraqi Shia air force recruits in Tikrit is horrifying and a true depiction of the bloodlust that these terrorists represent. While we cannot confirm these reports, one of the primary goals of ISIL is to set fear into the hearts of all Iraqis and drive sectarian division among its people,” part of the statement read. “Terrorists who can commit such heinous acts are a shared enemy of the United States, Iraq, and the international community. “
The militants’ quick advance in Iraq has been helped by many Sunnis who feel that the Shiite-dominated government has marginalized them.
ISIS seized Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, last week and has threatened to march on Baghdad, Iraq’s capital and largest city.
KERRY: DRONE ATTACKS AGAINST ISIL
U.S. drone attacks “may well be” an option to stop the advance of Isil militants in Iraq. He said the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The United States open to the possibility of talks with Iran on Iraq, and do not rule out military cooperation.
“I think we are open to any constructive process here that could minimize the violence, hold Iraq together — the integrity of the country — and eliminate the presence of outside terrorist forces that are ripping it apart,” Kerry said.