ISIS Reportedly Executes 6 Boys With Welding Rod For Playing Soccer

Islamic State militants reportedly beat six boys to death for playing soccer in central Mosul,  The Mirror newspaper reported.

It is unclear when the boys were handcuffed and beaten with welding irons in front of a crowd, but the report said ISIS claimed that the boys were part of a resistance faction in the city.

“The execution took place in Mosul in front of a large gathering,” one source told The American Herald Tribune. “This came in order to create a state of fear and panic among the people.”

President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi put the Islamic State group on notice Monday that they plan to recapture Mosul within months. If successful, the operation could mark a major turning point in the campaign to defeat the extremist group.

Neither leader glossed over the immense difficulty of the battle ahead as they met in New York on the sidelines of a U.N. summit. Still, Obama said he and Abadi were confident that Iraq’s military and the U.S.-led coalition could make progress in Mosul “fairly rapidly,” adding that he was hoping for progress by year-end.

“This is going to be hard. It’s going to be challenging. It will require resources,” Obama said. But he professed confidence that more territory can be wrested from the militants, in part because he said “the Iraqi forces are getting more confident.”

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North Korean President Executes Minister For Bad Sitting Posture In Parliament

North Korea has executed its education minister, Kim Yong-Jin, 63, because of his ‘bad sitting posture’ in parliament, according to reports.

Before his execution in July, a south Korean official said top official  was interrogated and found to be an ‘anti-revolutionary agitator’ .

South Korea ’s unification ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said: “Vice premier for education Kim Yong-Jin was executed.”

He added: “Kim Yong-Jin was denounced for his bad sitting posture when he was sitting below the rostrum.”

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Iraq Executes 36 Men Convicted In Massacre Carried Out By ISIS

On Sunday, the Iraqi government hanged 36 of those convicted of perpetrating the massacre, officials and activists said, in what was seen as the first measure of that long-sought justice, even as human rights activists raised concerns about the trials that convicted the defendants.

The mass execution was announced by Iraqi Justice Minister Haidar Zamili in a statement from the city of Nasiriya in Dhi Qar province, according to the online news outlet Arabi21. The provincial governor as well as families of those killed at Speicher were also in attendance at Nasiriya Central Prison.

“There were viewing areas for the families, the women on one side and the men on another. A man came and said, ‘I came today to tell you that the souls of the martyrs will rest,’” said Thaer Saadoun, a journalist with the local television station Ahwar who witnessed the executions.

“Some women ululated, and others immediately went on their knees and started praying right there. For the last two years, the families didn’t know where to go and to whom to complain, and they had gotten no response from the Iraqi government. The executions managed to mollify them a little,” he said in a phone interview.

Saadoun added that those executed Sunday were Iraqis, and some were from Dhi Qar.

Forty convicts were sentenced to death in February, and an appeals court this month upheld the sentences of 36. Four remain on appeal.

The massacre at Camp Speicher, a former U.S. military base outside Tikrit and roughly 100 miles northwest of Baghdad, occurred during Islamic State’s blitz offensive in June 2014 that saw the group take over wide swaths of northern and central Iraq.

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Syrian Rebel Group Executes 18 ISIS Fighters In New Video

A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation’s own productions.

The video, which emerged overnight, shows fighters from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) wearing the orange prison clothes that ISIS victims often sport.

The ISIS prisoners however are wearing black clothes and chained together wearing ankle and hand shackles with metal balls attached.

The nearly 20-minute production mimics many aspects of IS’s own execution videos, with similar sound effects and visuals.

Jaysh al-Islam fighters in the video say the IS forces are being executed in part as revenge for the deaths of at least three of the rebel group’s members who were beheaded by ISIS.

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ISIS Executes 12 Rival Takfiri Militants In Syria

ISIS Takfiri terrorists have decapitated at least a dozen members of rival militant groups in Syria on charges of fighting against them. The ISIS extremists, in a video titled Repent Before You Are In Our Hands released on Thursday, claimed the murder of 12 captives near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

The prisoners, dressed in orange jumpsuits, are seen pinned to the ground and kneeling in a field before masked ISIS militants force them to the ground and behead them with small knives.

ISIS said the 12 rival militants were captured following fierce clashes in Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus. Three of the men were identified as members of the foreign-sponsored terrorists group, Jaish al-Islam, which has been fighting Syrian government forces, and a fourth from al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front.

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Saudi Arabia Executes 100th Prisoner In 6 Months

Saudi Arabia has beheaded a Syrian drug trafficker, rocketing the number of this year’s executions in the Kingdom to 100. This figure is already more than the 87 sentenced and put to death in the country during the whole of last year.

The execution took place on Monday in the northern region of Jawf. Syrian Ismael al-Tawm smuggled“a large amount of banned amphetamine pills into the kingdom,” the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement, as cited by AFP.

The man was sentenced to death according to the nation’s strict version of Sharia law, under which such crimes as murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking are punishable by death. Public executions are mostly conducted by decapitating the accused with a sword.

The 100th execution has surpassed the 87 recorded by AFP in 2014, but is still some way below the highest figure of 192, recorded by the human rights group Amnesty International in 1995. The watchdog has been scathing of the Kingdom’s human rights record, saying they “fall far short” of global norms.

“Almost half of the executions carried out so far this year have been for drug-related offences, which don’t fall into a recognized international category of ‘most serious crimes,’ and the use of the death penalty for such offences violates international law,” a statement on Amnesty International’s website read.

The “fast pace” of executions in Saudi Arabia was deemed “very disturbing” by a UN special rapporteur.

“If it continues at this pace we will have double the number of executions, or more than double the number of executions, that we had last year,” Christof Heyns, who submits annual reports to the UN Human Rights Council and General Assembly, told AFP on May 27.

In a country of approximately 29 million, the number of people sentenced to death and executed is“very high,” Heyns said, adding that Saudi Arabia “is going against the stream.” Execution figures are decreasing in other countries.

Saudi Arabia is one of the top three executioners in the world and is only surpassed by China and Iran. The most common way of executing prisoners is through beheading, which often takes place in public squares. Occasionally, some prisoners are shot by firing squad in some southern provinces.

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ISIS Executes Over 200 In Ancient Syrian City

The Islamic State group has executed at least 217 people, including civilians, in and around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in the last nine days, a monitor said on Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the executions of 67 civilians, including children, and 150 regime forces by ISIS jihadists in different parts of Homs province since May 16. “The Observatory has confirmed that the Islamic State has executed 67 civilians, including 14 children and 12 women in Sukhnah, Al-Amiriyah, the outskirts of the Officers’ Housing and Palmyra”, the Britain-based group, referring to several areas in the east of Homs province.

“ISIS also executed more than 150 members of the army, National Defence Forces and Popular Committees (pro-regime militias) and others accused of being ‘informers loyal to the regime’,” the Observatory said.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said whole families had been executed, including children along with their parents. “Most of the deaths were in Palmyra, some of the executions were shootings, others were killed with knives and beheaded,” he told AFP.

The toll from the Observatory came hours after Syrian state media said ISIS had carried out a “massacre” in Palmyra, slaughtering some 400 civilians, mostly women and children.

The Observatory said the executions came in the days after ISIS began a sweep into Homs from their stronghold in neighbouring Deir Ezzor province.

They captured the strategic town of Sukhnah on May 13, and took Palmyra some 24 hours later, prompting international concern about the fate of the city’s famed ancient ruins.

The Observatory said another 600 people had been taken prisoner by ISIS in their sweep through the area, among them regime forces and pro-government militants, but also civilians accused of ties to the regime.

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Indonesia Executes Drug Smugglers By Firing Squad

Executions of eight out of nine convicts carried out despite plea by Australia to investigate judicial corruption.  Indonesia has executed eight out of nine drug convicts despite last-ditch appeals by Australia’s foreign minister for a stay of execution so that claims of corruption during the trials of two Australian prisoners could be investigated.

The executions were carried out by firing squad at midnight 17:00 GMT) at Besi prison on Nusakambangan Island on Tuesday, after the inmates were given 72-hour notice. Over the weekend, authorities had asked the nine inmates, two Australians, four Nigerian men, a Filipino woman, and one man each from Brazil and Indonesia, for their last wishes.

The families of the Australian convicts had paid an anguished final visit to their loved ones on Tuesday, wailing in grief as ambulances carrying empty white coffins arrived at the prison. Julie Bishop, Australia’s foreign minister, told media that she had received a letter from Indonesia on Monday night that offered no indication of a reprieve for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

Earlier in the day, Bishop had asked for a stay in their executions, saying allegations in the Australian media that their judges had requested money to commute the death sentences were “very serious”. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said that such concerns should have been conveyed a decade ago when the case went through the courts.

A former lawyer of the prisoners, Muhammad Rifan, told Australia’s Fairfax Media on Monday that Indonesian judges had requested more than $100,000 in return for prison terms of less than 20 years. But Rifan said the judges later told him they had been ordered by senior legal and government members in Jakarta to impose a death penalty, so the deal fell through.

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ISIS Executes 20 Recruited Anti- ISIS Fighters

The ISIS Takfiri terrorist group has executed 20 people in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk for their alleged attempt to join the volunteer forces in anti-ISIS operations.

According to Iraqi sources on Monday, the terrorist group released on social media the photos of the heinous crime, which took place in the town of Hawija.

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