MOSUL, Iraq — The barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, recently killed 25 prisoners by lowering them into a vat of acid, reports state.
The men had been charged with spying and collaborating with Iraqi security forces, which seek to defeat the rule of ISIS in the nation.
“ISIS put the citizens in a large tub containing nitric acid inside one of its headquarters,” an unnamed source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Iraqi News on Wednesday. “ISIS members tied each person with a rope and lowered him in the tub, which contains nitric acid, till the victims organs dissolve.”
Nitric acid is used to manufacture ammonium nitrate, which is utilized to make fertilizer and explosives, along with other uses.
Last week, it was also reported that an 12-year-old Iraqi girl asked her mother to forgive ISIS for burning her alive in demanding that the family pay Jaziya, or a tax for those not of the Islamic religion.
It is stated that members of ISIS were going door to door to collect the tax, and when they came to the woman’s house, they told her that she must either leave or pay the tax.
“The ISIS foreign fighters were at her door and they told her, ‘You have two choices: You are to leave now or you are to pay the Jaziya.’ She said ‘I will pay. Give me a few seconds; my daughter is in the shower,'” human rights advocate Jacqueline Isaac told The Express.
“They said, ‘You don’t have a few seconds,’ and they lit the house with a torch from the bathroom the daughter was showering in,” she explained.
The woman then ran to rescue her daughter from the bathroom, but the girl died at the hospital. The girl’s dying words to her mother were to forgive.
“The daughter had fourth degree burns and the mother took her daughter, scrambling, doing anything to save her,” Isaac outlined. “Rushed her to the hospital and her daughter died in her arms. The last thing her daughter said: ‘Forgive them.'”
As previously reported, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report earlier this year outlining the cruel punishments that Iraqis have suffered at the hands of ISIS.
“During the reporting period, ISIL killed and abducted scores of civilians, often in a targeted manner,” the groups outlined. “Victims include those perceived to be opposed to ISIL ideology and rule; persons affiliated with the government, such as former Iraqi security forces (ISF), police officers, former public officials and electoral workers; professionals, such as doctors and lawyers; journalists; and tribal and religious leaders.”
Some men were shot in the head, some were placed in a cage and drowned under water, some were instructed to lie down on the ground as a bulldozer was run over them, some were blown up with explosives and some were hung from power lines or at city entrances after being killed to deter others from opposing ISIS.
“ISIL also imposed cruel and inhuman punishments, including on minors, in areas under its control,” the report said. “Such a case occurred on 2 September, when ISIL cut off the hand of a boy aged around 13 years in the Bab al-Tob market, centre of Mosul, reportedly after accusing him of theft.”
The UN also found that sexual slavery and sexual abuse of women and children remains an ongoing problem in the nation, with an estimated 3,500 civilians currently being held in slavery by ISIS.