MOSUL, Iraq — The barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, recently executed six men accused of being spies by boiling them in tar, reports state.
Iraqi News reported the information from a source residing in Nineveh, who stated that the men had been sentenced to death in a Sharia court for their alleged crimes.
“ISIS executed six persons in Mosul for collaborating with Nineveh Operations Command. The death sentence was issued [in an] ISIS Sharia Court,” the source said.
The death sentence was carried out by placing the men in boiling tar.
“The six persons were placed inside tanks containing boiling tar and the execution was carried out in one of ISIS headquarters at al-Shora,” the source explained. “The execution took place in public and it was done with an aim of inciting fear among the citizens.”
Iraqi News also advised in May that ISIS had executed spies by lowering them into a vat of acid.
“ISIS put the citizens in a large tub containing nitric acid inside one of its headquarters,” a source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the outlet. “ISIS members tied each person with a rope and lowered him in the tub, which contains nitric acid, till the victims organs dissolve.”
The terrorist organization has become known for its alarming videos demonstrating its invention of new depraved ways to kill. Last year, ISIS released footage of men being locked inside of a cage and then lowered into what appears to be a murky swimming pool, while a separate group had explosives tied around their necks, which were then detonated. Another video showed a prisoner affixed to a pole, who then had his right hand and left foot cut off with a hunting knife.
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.