The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) released a video of their massacre at the Speicher army base in Tikrit, which left over 1,700 young Shi’ite cadets dead.
In the video, young men plead for their lives as militants drag them off a truck. The terrorists bind the men’s hands behind their backs and gag them. A man, whose face is completely covered, “lectures the young cadets” before an unmasked gunman shoots them to death as a masked man waves the infamous black ISIS flag.
“This is a message I address to the whole world and especially to the Rafidha dogs, I tell them we are coming,” stated one of the masked men.
Rafidha is a derogatory term used against Shi’ites.
The video then cuts to the other men marching in single file down to the Tigris River. Masked ISIS terrorists shoot the men and throw the bodies into the river. The place of the execution is caked in blood by the end of the massacre.
The militants continued the massacre into the night. A night vision attachment on the camera allowed the terrorists to capture the massacre as the sun went down.
Government officials recovered 600 bodies after they captured Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, in April. Loved ones have been unable to recover bodies thrown into the river.
The body count puts the massacre as one of the deadliest in Iraq in the past decade. A court in Baghdad sentenced 24 men to death by hanging due to their role in the slaughter.