SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters executed nine people on Friday in two northern Iraqi towns on suspicion of ties to anti-jihadist grassroots organizations, security sources and witnesses said.
In the town of Al-Zab, 90 kilometers west of the oil hub of Kirkuk, six people were executed in public.
“ISIS executed four residents of the lower part of Al-Zab and two from villages near Al-Zwiya,” a few miles further to the west, a local security official said.
Witnesses said the six were accused of being involved in efforts to organize resistance to ISIS in the Hawija region. They were executed on a marketplace, they said.
It was in the same area that residents of the village of Tel Ali burned an ISIS flag last month.
In retaliation, the jihadists abducted 50 residents and put up flags across the region, even booby-trapping some of them to stop locals from removing them.
In Baiji, about 35 kilometers to the south, three men were beheaded on Friday, a security official in the region said.
The official said the three men had been abducted a few days earlier and were former members of the Sahwa organization funded by the US military to combat Al-Qaeda in 2007-08.
Iraq’s government has been encouraging tribes to rise up against the extremist group that met little resistance when it swept through the country’s heartland in June.