Report: Islamic State Boils 6 Accused Spies Alive in Tar

Iraqi government forces celebrate while holding an al-Qaeda affiliated flag after they claimed they have gained complete control of the Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, on January 26, 2015 near the town of Muqdadiyah. Iraqi forces have "liberated" Diyala province from the Islamic State jihadist group, retaking all populated areas …

The Islamic State continues to think up horrifying new methods to execute captives, deserters, and accused spies. In the latest atrocity, six accused spies were reportedly publicly executed in an Iraqi town by dipping them into vats of boiling tar.

The report comes from Iraqi News, based on a source in the Nineveh province. According to this source, the six victims were from Mosul and were accused of “collaborating with the Nineveh Operations Command,” which is the Iraqi army command tasked with pushing the Islamic State out of Mosul.

“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 execution took place in public and it was done with an aim of inciting fear among the citizens,” said the Iraqi News source.

ISIS has previously executed deserters by dropping them into cauldrons of boiling water, and in one particularly gruesome instance, killed 25 accused spies by dissolving them in a vat of nitric acid.

The UK Daily Mail adds that this “grotesque act” occurred amid mounting evidence that ISIS is using mustard gas on the front lines in Iraq.

“Troops fighting against the terror group have been left with appalling injuries – including agonising blisters on their skin and badly damaged lungs – in a frightening echo of warfare in the trenches on the Western Front,” the Daily Mail writes, stating that almost 100 Kurdish soldiers have displayed the symptoms of chemical weapons exposure, and doctors in Iraq say gas attacks are occurring as often as twice a week.


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