ISIL releases new footage of massacre at Iraq’s Speicher base
The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group has released new footage showing last year’s mass execution of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers in the northern city of Tikrit.
The 22-minute video, including both newly and previously released footage of the massacre at the Tikrit Air Academy (formerly called COB Speicher), was posted on ISIL-linked forums on Saturday.
The horrific footage shows industrial-scale executions, with victims falling out of dump trucks and then lying next to each other in shallow mass graves before being shot dead one by one.
The footage also shows an excavator being used to move piles of bodies.
The ISIL terrorists captured over 1,560 Iraqi Air Force cadets, mostly Shia, in an attack on the Speicher military base on June 12, 2014, when they overran Tikrit, the hometown of slain Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Some 600 bodies have been unearthed since Iraqi forces liberated Tikrit from the ISIL extremists in late March; however, many of the victims were dumped into the Tigris River.
The ISIL has been committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious groups in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds, and others.