Eight dead bodies hang from a metal frame in the Iraq’s Kirkuk province in Islamic State’s 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.
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 the one-fingered salute in front of a bloodied victim’s corpse.
The same tyrant has been been pictured before alongside severed heads and masked ISIS fighters.
A shocking video released in February showed orange-clad captives being paraded in cages in the same city of Hawija.
Frenzied crowds taunted the kidnapped men during the merciless procession which echoed the terrible death suffered by captured Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh.
He was also caged before a film of him being burned alive, implying the same fate would befall the trapped captives in Hawija.
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.
Hawija is a predominantly Sunni Muslim town which lies off a major highway leading to Mosul and the capital Baghdad.
Since ISIS first invaded the city in June 2014, it progressively conquered neighbouring villages until it gained enough support from locals to establish its new headquarters there.
Over the last nine months, its main base in Iraq has been in Iraq’s second-largest city Mosul which it took over last year.
It has offered Islamic State a military advantage due to its proximity to the Syrian border, which allows them to smuggle both weapons and soldiers.
But a US-led coalition has attacked the city with airstrikes for many months – targeting ISIS convoys and weapons stores.
The Americans are now training over 20,000 Iraqi soldiers to retake the city from Islamic State’s deadly grip, US Cnetral Command has revealed.
Their presence in Hawija gives the militants access to Anbar province and another road leading to the Baiji oil refinery they lost to the Iraqi military in November 2014.
Hawija has been a hotbed of violence April 2013 – two years after the US withdrew its troops from the country.
It began when the government’s forces raided a camp of rebels in the city on April 24 and killed dozens of civilians in the process.
300 people had died as a result of the army’s battle with militant groups in the region in the next three days alone.
Source: Daily Mail
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