The eight dead bodies hang from a metal frame in the Iraq’s Kirkuk province in Islamic State is the latest public display of barbarity. The gruesome images which emerged on social media show the men’s limp bodies suspended from their feet off a tall structure in the town of Hawija.The notorious black flag used by Islamist groups like ISIS is displayed above them as horrified onlookers inspect the scene. The canopy says “The Islamic State, A Caliphate Upon The Prophet’s Doctrine. Karkuk Province Welcomes You”.
Barbarity: Eight men were found hanging from their feet in the Iraqi city of Hawija in the militants’ latest public display of death
Gruesome: The dead men were suspended from a tall structure in the same city that Syrian soldiers were paraded through the streets in cages
The canopy says “The Islamic State, A Caliphate Upon The Prophet’s Doctrine. Karkuk Province Welcomes You” with the hallmark of terror, the notorious black flag used by ISIS
It was seen as revenge against the Kurdish forces who dragged the bodies of ISIS fighters through the streets of northern-Iraq earlier that month.
Previous reports suggest he is an Iraqi national from the town of Almere and the heads once belonged to members of the Syrian army whom the militants captured and beheaded.
The extremist group has established a firm foothold in what was once an oil-rich Kurdish stronghold of Kirkuk.
ISIS has been preparing a new base for its deadly operations in Hawija as the United States train Iraqi troops for an invasion to retake Mosul, the International Business Times reports.
Some of the deceased men appear to be wearing military fatigues but it is not known if they were Iraqi soldiers. An ISIS fighter believed to be Abu Al-Rahman poses triumphantly in one of the pictures – giving his index finger salute in front of a bloodied victim’s corpse.
Islamic State: The same man has been previously been pictured alongside armed, masked fighters believed to belong to ISIS
Terrorist: The man pictured posing alongside the suspended men is believed to be Abu Al-Rahman
History of terror: Al-Rahman has also been photographed giving the one-fingered ISIS salute in front of several decapitated heads