Nineveh, IRAQ – An Iraqi court sentenced seven top Islamic State (ISIS) leaders to death today finding them guilty of killing hundreds of innocent people in Nineveh.
Speaking to the official al-Sabah newspaper, judge Mohamed al-Badrani of the Nineveh Criminal Court said: “Seven IS leaders were handed down death sentences as they were convicted of killing 200 civilian people in Nineveh.”
The genocide took place after the ISIS militants took control of the vital city of Mosul on June 10, 2014, according to the judge.
Badrani pointed out that his court is still interrogating over “400 IS militants, who have been recently arrested and brought to trial,” adding that the court will issue sentences against them soon, according to Iraqi News.
Right Wing Tribune previously reported that meanwhile, at least 400 Islamic State (ISIS) militants managed to sneak from Syria into the Iraqi province of Anbar as they currently plan to resume their terrorist activities from there, a top security source was quoted as saying today.
“Intelligence information confirmed that there are about 400 IS extremists, including foreign fighters, in Wadi Hauran and Wadi al-Qadhf in western Anbar, who managed to infiltrate into Iraq coming from Syria earlier,” the source said.
The source warned that the ISIS infiltrators are now “planning to resume their terrorist activities by targeting recently-liberated areas in western Anbar.” He further accused the U.S.-led international coalition of failing to target those extremists despite confirmed reports about their presence in Anbar desert, Iraqi News reports.
The source warned that the ISIS militants are still posing a serious threat to security forces deployed in these areas, therefore he called on Iraqi Air Forces to bombard them as soon as possible.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the militant group, previously in December, however, observers warn that the group still poses a security threat with sleeper cells.
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.