ISIS continues to lose in Iraq and as their fighters realize how futile their efforts are becoming, ISIS leadership is becoming even more brutal with how they treat their own, again showing how evil always will eventually turn on itself. In this recent example, ISIS has been mutilating the ears of fighters who were caught ‘fleeing’ the battlefield.
As the Islamic State terrorist organization continues to suffer setbacks in Iraq, the militant outfit has employed another brutal method to punish fighters caught fleeing the battlefield.
The Iranian-based AhlulBayt News Agency reports that an unnamed security source in the Nineveh province told the Iraqi news outlet al-Sumaria last Friday that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) tortured 25 of its own militants caught leaving the battlefield while fighting against Iraqi forces in Mosul by mutilating their ears.
According to the source, the militants were first detained in a prison in central Mosul. Then, they were taken to a hospital in the city, where they each had the upper part of one of their ears cut off. IS leaders reportedly threatened to cut off both of their ears if any of them were caught fleeing the battlefield again.
While IS has been able to recruit thousands of radicalized foreigners from all over the world to join its ranks, the source, who chose to remain nameless, told al-Sumaria that some of the militants who were punished for fleeing the battlefield in Mosul were French and Chinese nationalities.
Since IS has been known to kill militants caught fleeing the battlefield in some of the most heinous ways imaginable, it is possible that IS chose not to kill these 25 militants due to a shortage in fighters.
The source explained that IS is suffering from a declining base of militants since many have fled the so-called caliphate and IS has executed many other militants for trying to do the same.
This is not the first time that IS has reportedly cut off the ears of people in Mosul. Last October, Al Arabiya reported that IS cut off the ears of 42 civilians who were accused of “insulting the Islamic State.” (source)