Militants kill Iraqi soldiers in mass executions
MILITANTS in Iraq who have taken over large parts of the country have been executing Iraqi soldiers, reports yesterday said.
Shocking images and videos of the mass killings were posted on the Twitter feed of the Sunni terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Sydney Morning Herald said.
The images showed dozens of people bound and packed into the back of trucks and shuttled to the desert.
Then masked ISIL fighters appeared to kill the bound men as they lay helpless on the ground.
On Saturday, ISIL announced on Twitter it had executed 1,700 Shi'ite soldiers, but human rights groups have not yet been able to confirm their claim, various reports said.
ISIL was continuing its battle against Iraqi security forces in its push on Baghdad, after seizing major cities in northern Iraq in recent days, including Mosul, the second-largest city, and Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
On Saturday, government forces regained some territory in counter-attacks, easing pressure on the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad.
Oil prices have jumped over fears of ISIL disrupting exports from the Opec member.
The United States ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf on Saturday, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a military option.