ISIS terrorists execute 40 prisoners in Hawija district in southern Kirkuk
According to Police Captain Hamed al-Obeidi, who spoke to Anadolu Agency, 40 ISIS prisoners were executed by the extremist group on charges of attempting to flee the battlefield during a fight against the Iraqi forces.
Obeidi further explained that the ISIS militants fear that revolts may arise among prisoners in the ISIS-held areas of Iraq, so they are currently trying to empty the prisons in the district of Hawija in the western Kirkuk province.
The district of Hawija remains under ISIS control, together with the surrounding areas in southwest Kirkuk province. The extremists tend to use the control they have over the area to conduct attacks against the Iraqi security forces in Kirkuk and Diyala provinces. However, the ongoing operations against ISIS in Iraq continue, as the Iraqi forces advance towards recapturing the entire western part of Mosul.
The Iraqi government launched an operation for liberating the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in October 2016. By the beginning of this year, the forces managed to recapture the entire eastern area of the city, and further focus on retaking the remaining western and central parts of Mosul.
Source: Abna 24