A rival rebel group in Iraq claims the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) executed over 300 employees of the Electoral Commission, including 50 women, in Mosul, and have since posted a shortlist of the people they have killed in the past year.
Mahmoud al-Sauaryih, the spokesman for the National Multitude militia, said ISIS murdered the people because they were “apostates and infidels.” Iraq’s Electoral Commission also said ISIS murdered another group of employees with knives. They hope the UN and international community will “intervene immediately to stop the massacre and crimes against the Iraqi people.”
ISIS captured Mosul in June 2014. The group allegedly posted for residents a list of over 2,000 names on the side of the local health ministry building. Parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi confirmed the list does exist.
The terrorists wrote the list as a demand for death certificates. The ministry confirmed they received the list, but did not state whether they will issue the certificates. It is also unknown if the list includes the 300 electoral employees.
“I think my cousin is one of the victims,” said one resident. “He was arrested by ISIS in his house in central Mosul. He used to work for the election committee. Then we heard nothing… I think his body must have been buried in a mass grave.”
Mosul was once home to one of the largest Christian communities in the world. For over 2,000 years they lived peacefully with the Muslims. But when ISIS conquered it, they threatened all Christians with death if they did not leave, convert to Islam, or pay a protection tax. They even spray painted Christian buildings and homes with the letter “N” for Nasrani, the Arabic word for “Christian.” Survivors described how militants killed men and boys in front of their families and then kidnapped the females to sell on the sex slave market.
In January, residents in southern and western Mosul discovered a mass grave with over 320 bodies, including children. Witnesses claim “some body parts in the graves” belong to Iraq’s Yazidi Kurds. Identifying the bodies in a mass grave is often difficult, though the Islamic State’s campaign to exterminate Yazidis has been so pronounced that it is not unfeasible that this particular mass grave would be exclusively occupied by Yazidi victims of the terrorist group.