In what’s just more proof that ISIS is by far the most diabolical terrorist organization in the world, Fox News reports that its leaders burned their own jihadists alive because they fled when the Iraqi city of Mosul was attacked by the Iraqi army.
ISIS fighters who fled to the terror group’s Iraqi stronghold of Mosul after being defeated in Ramadi were burned alive in the town square, sources told FoxNews.com, in an unmistakable message to fighters who may soon be defending the northern city from government forces.
Several residents of Mosul recounted the grisly story for stateside relatives, describing the deadly reception black clad jihadists got when they made it to Mosul, some 250 miles north of the city retaken by Iraqi forces operating with cover from U.S. air power.
A former resident of Mosul who now lives in the U.S. says that his family back home told him what happened:
They were grouped together and made to stand in a circle, and set on fire to die.
Several other Iraqi refugees have heard similar stories from family members still in Mosul. Michael Pregent, a terrorism expert and former intelligence adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, says this kind of brutality — even towards its own fighters — is nothing new for ISIS:
There is no surprise on executing ISIS fighters from Ramadi. They did the same to fighters after Tikrit.
The “sin'”of the executed jihadis is that they didn’t fight to the death when Ramadi — an important strategic city in Iraq — was attacked and eventually retaken by the Iraqi army (with air support from the U.S.). Apparently not dying in battle is a deadly sin in the eyes of ISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. And he means that literally. This group doesn’t just kill outsiders, as other terror groups do, but even its own members.
This isn’t the first time ISIS has committed horrific atrocities. Last year the group released a video showing child executioners brutally slaughtering twenty-five Syrian troops in an amphitheatre as they were paraded before hundreds of spectators.
They’ve also executed victims in group explosive beheading and by burning or drowning them alive in cages.