Now that their stronghold has been liberated, the clean-up effort has begun.
Citizens who lived under their thumb are settling scores against the people who raped, murdered and enslaved their loved ones.
Under normal circumstances, rules of war would indicate how you treat a prisoner. But a few things make this situation different.
For one thing, ISIS didn’t abide by any rules themselves. They starved one woman they captured, and after starving her, and treating her as a sex slave, played a cruel trick on her. They fed her meat and rice. The ‘meat’, they told her afterward, was her own cooked infant.
If you knew someone like that was still walking the streets in your city, and you were in a ‘mop up effort’ would you carry them off in cuffs and hope the justice system convicted them?
Would you be tempted to do the same thing these guys did? Or do you think the Iraqi government will be able to properly investigate and prosecute them?
GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: Executing the ISIS way, a video allegedly shows ISF executing IS fighters, throwing them, then shooting in Mosul. pic.twitter.com/PkgX5klXy0
— Mosul Eye عين الموصل (@MosulEye) July 12, 2017
The Iraqi government is investigating a video that appears to show men in army uniforms throwing a pleading ISIS fighter off a cliff before shooting him.
In the video, the panicking man is taunted and beaten by several rifle-wielding troops before being slowly forced up to a precipice and hurled onto the motionless body of another man below.
The execution method is reminiscent of one employed by ISIS, which is notorious for killing people it decides are guilty of homosexuality by throwing them from high buildings.
According to the BBC, an interior ministry spokesman said that if the video – purportedly filmed in recently-liberated Mosul – was genuine then the soldiers involved will be brought to justice.
…There have been reports by human rights groups that some Iraqi government troops are guilty of torture and execution in the war against ISIS.
One man, Falah Aziz, claimed to have beheaded 50 ISIS fighters and stressed he was completely ‘at ease’ doing so. — Read more
Not the first time that topic has come up.
This is one time you actually can make the NAZI reference. Imagine you lived in Holland, Poland, Russia or France when the Nazis were in full retreat. Imagine you were one of the civilians living under their jackboot tactics and had seen family members murdered and worse.
If you were one of them, what would you have done to the Nazis as they fled?
Now ask yourself about these guys. What wins out? Visceral rage and revenge, or cool-headed justice?
Because that’s the question THEY are faced with. Keep in mind, the city they hid in is now so decimated that it’s being described by those who lived there as ‘a corpse’.
It’s a tough question, I’m glad I don’t have to answer it.