Iraqi Soldiers Throw ISIS Members Off Cliff (Video)

| by Jonathan Constante

A video (below) of alleged Iraqi soldiers throwing an ISIS fighter off of a cliff before shooting him is under investigation.

The Iraqi government is investigating the video, which appears to show men in army uniforms taunting and beating an ISIS fighter before throwing him off of a cliff, the Daily Mail reported. The rifle-wielding troops then shot the ISIS assailant.

The ISIS member was hurled onto the motionless body of another man at the bottom of the cliff. A similar execution method has been used in the past by the terror group. ISIS became notorious for throwing people guilty of homosexuality from high buildings.

An interior ministry spokesman said that if the video, which is believed to have been filmed in recently-liberated Mosul, is indeed genuine, then the soldiers involved will be brought to justice.

A few human rights groups have already reported that some Iraqi government troops have tortured and executed militants in the war against ISIS. Soldier Falah Aziz said he has beheaded 50 ISIS fighters and added that he was completely "at ease" while doing it.

"In the final weeks of the battle for west Mosul, the pervasive attitude that I have observed among armed forces has been of momentum, the desire to get the battle wrapped up as quickly as possible, and a collapse of adherences to the laws of war," senior researcher at Human Rights Watch Belkis Wille told the BBC.

Wille said that in addition to an increase in the torture and extrajudicial killings of suspected ISIS members by armed forces, there is also a feeling among soldiers that they no longer have to be discreet about it.

"These reports have been met with congratulations from Baghdad on the victory, only further fostering the feeling of impunity among armed forces in Mosul," Wille said.

Human Rights Watch revealed details about an incident involving Iraqi forces beating unarmed men and boys fleeing the fighting in Mosul in June. Four witnesses reported what they saw to the human rights group.

“I have heard of countless abuses and executions in this battle,” one witness told the Human Rights Watch. “But what’s changed is that in this final phase fighters are no longer hiding what they are doing and are comfortable allowing us to witness the abuses first-hand.”

The latest video was posted to the Mosul Eye blog on July 13. It comes just days after a U.S.-backed coalition of Iraqi forces announced that it freed the city of Mosul, which ISIS proclaimed its caliphate in 2014.

But the fight is not over. An unknown number of ISIS troops are still hiding in the Old City, according to reports.

President Donald Trump recently took to Twitter to speak out against terrorism.

"The United States mourns for the victims of Nice, France," the president tweeted. "We pledge our solidarity with France against terror."

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