IS Releases Video of 2014 Tikrit Massacre

IS Releases Video of 2014 Tikrit MassacreIS Releases Video of 2014 Tikrit Massacre

The Islamic State group released new footage of its June 2014 massacre of hundreds of military recruits in Tikrit.

The highest estimates put at 1,700 the number of cadets IS gunmen captured at the Speicher military base near Tikrit and executed at various locations, mostly in the city’s former presidential palace complex, AFP reported.

The 22-minute video posted on the group’s forums, which included both new and previously released footage, shows hundreds of executions, providing further evidence of the scope of the atrocity.

The grisly footage shows executions on an industrial scale, with victims falling out of dump trucks and later lying side by side in shallow mass graves before being shot dead one by one.

The killing went on into the night and the video shows an excavator being used to move piles of bodies.

Around 600 bodies have been exhumed since government and allied fighters retook Tikrit from IS in April but many of the victims were dumped into the Tigris River.

An unidentified IS leader in military uniform is seen in the video released on Saturday.

The video was released four days after a court in Baghdad sentenced 24 men to death by hanging over the Speicher massacre.

Combined with a call by the country’s top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for Iraqis to take up arms against them, the Speicher massacre played a key role in the mass recruitment of volunteers to fight the militants.