ISIS executes 12 of its members’ relatives over intel links: report

Iraqi soldiers reload a weapon during clashes with ISIS militants on the outskirts of Makhmour, south of Mosul, Iraq, March 25, 2016. (Reuters)

ISIS group has executed twelve relatives of its members who previously worked in the intelligence apparatus for Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul, a source told a local media outlet.

The source, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, told the Arabic language website of Al-Sumaria News, an independent Iraqi satellite TV network: “One of [ISIS] members also executed his brother and his cousin for communicating with [Iraqi] security forces after an air raid by the coalition targeting ISIS key sites including the University of Mosul.”

The source said targeting of the university, which has long been an ISIS site since its occupation of the city in June 2014, “has led to the killing of a big number of ISIS militants.”

Since Thursday, the Iraqi army said its troops and allied militia had launched what is expected to be a long and difficult offensive to retake the second city of Mosul, ISIS’s main hub in Iraq.

The US-led coalition of Western and Arab nations launched air strikes against ISIS in Iraq in August of 2014 and has killed thousands of the militants, according to AFP.

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