Waves of ISIS Executions in Hawija, Civilians Desperately Try to flee ISIS
The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, IS and Daesh) group took 17 people out of their residences in the early hours of Monday before executing them by fire squad inside Al Bokareh Airbase near Hawija around 55 kilometers Southwestward in Kirkuk province. Victims accused of cooperating with security forces and mutiny against the terror group.
Last Monday Daesh militants captured 35 former members of Iraqi military intelligence service near Hawija in the Kirkuk province, media reported on Monday.
“ISIL militants arrested this night 35 former intelligence officers of the Iraqi army… to the West of the city of Hawija, and took them to the undisclosed direction whenIraqi Security Forces continue offensive toward Al-Zab area near Hawija ,” a law enforcement source was quoted as saying by Al Mada Press.
Meantime, a security source disclosed that a large number of civilians, including women and children, have escaped from the ISIS and approached Peshmerga forces.
The people had fled the ISIL-controlled al-Makhous, al-Madina and al-Akouleh regions to reach Maktab Khaled that is under the rule of the Peshmerga forces, FNA reported.
The ISIL had captured the Hawija in June 2014. Kirkuk lies some 108 miles away from Mosul, considered to be the terrorist group’s main stronghold in Iraq. On October 17, the Iraqi government launched an operation to retake Mosul from the ISIL.