The ISIL (Daesh/ISIL/ISIS/IS) has executed 50 of its own members after they fled their positions on the outskirts of Mosul amid a military operation to retake the last stronghold of the terrorists in Iraq, local media reported.
The Arabic-language Al-Sumeriya broadcaster citing unnamed sources said all the accused were charged with apostasy. The execution was carried out in a military camp in the West of Mosul.
The ISIL militants also reportedly cut off ears of at least 20 other members of the group, including a Chinese and a French, who attempted to flee the Mosul battleground.
The battle for Mosul has entered a sensitive stage as the Iraqi Army managed to enter the strategic al-Karama region in Southeastern Mosul on Monday.
Al-Karama is the first region of Mosul city that the Iraqi army has entered after the city fell to the ISIL terrorists in July 2014.
Earlier on Monday, Iraq’s joint military forces kicked off a new round of military operations from three directions towards the Eastern parts of Mosul after seizing control over a vast swathe of land in the surrounding areas of the city in Nineveh province.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced on October 17, the start of a military operation to recapture Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq which fell to the ISIL since 2014.