This is the moment jihadists spray-painted a prisoner and blasted him to death with a shotgun for daubing anti-ISIS graffiti on a wall in Iraq.
Fanatics filmed themselves spraying the top of a man’s head and using the black paint as a target before shooting him at close range in Mosul.
The gruesome killing is followed by a mass execution of men accused of being spies with some of the footage captured by a drone hovering above.
The video emerged as a huge military assault – backed by coalition airstrikes – was launched in a bit to recapture the northern city.
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Gruesome: Video shows jihadists spray-painting a prisoner and blasting him to death with a shotgun for daubing anti-ISIS graffiti on a wall in Iraq
Fanatics filmed themselves spraying the top of a man’s head and using the black paint as a target before shooting him at close range in Mosul
The gruesome killing is followed by a mass execution of men accused of being spies with some of the footage captured by a drone hovering above
In an 11-minute film called ‘Deterring the Hirelings 2’, men are forced to kneel with their backs to a wall before a jihadist approaches with a spray can.
The ‘first person-style’ video then shows the fanatic spraying black paint on the head of one of the prisoners before the executioner uses a shotgun to murder him at point blank range.
Later in the same video, five blindfolded men dressed in orange jumpsuits are dragged to the middle of a road in Mosul surrounded by crowds of residents.
Drone footage shows the men, who had been accused of being part of a resistance movement, kneeling in the street while extremists dressed in military outfits stand behind them with hand guns.
Moments later, close-up video shows them being shot in the back of the head.
In an 11-minute film called ‘Deterring the Hirelings 2’, men are forced to kneel with their backs to a wall before a jihadist approaches with a spray can
Five blindfolded men dressed in orange jumpsuits are dragged to the middle of a road in Mosul surrounded by crowds of residents
The video was a chilling warning to Mosul residents as the terror group prepared to dig in against Iraqi government and Kurdish forces.
A long-awaited offensive, backed by US-led coalition air and ground support is underway to liberate the city.
Convoys of Iraqi, Kurdish and U.S. forces moved east of Mosul along the front line as airstrikes sent plumes of smokes into the air and heavy artillery rounds could be heard.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the operations on state television, launching the country on its toughest battle since American troops left nearly five years ago.
Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, has been under ISIS rule for more than two years and is still home to more than a million civilians according to UN estimates.
‘These forces that are liberating you today, they have one goal in Mosul which is to get rid of Daesh and to secure your dignity. They are there for your sake,’ al-Abadi said, addressing the city’s residents and using the Arabic language acronym for ISIS.
At one point the video shows a jihadist ranting at prisoners in an ISIS jail in Mosul
The men, who had been accused of being part of a resistance movement, were forced to kneel in the street before being executed
‘God willing, we shall win,’ he added, flanked by military commanders.
The push to retake Mosul will be the largest military operation in Iraq since American troops left in 2011 and, if successful, the biggest blow yet to the Islamic State. Al-Abadi pledged the fight for the city would lead to the liberation of all Iraqi territory from the militants this year.
In Washington, Defense Secretary Ash Carter called the launch of the Mosul operation ‘a decisive moment in the campaign’ to deliver a lasting defeat to ISIS.
Iraqi forces have been massing around the city in recent days, including elite special forces that are expected to lead the charge into the city, as well as Kurdish forces, Sunni tribal fighters, federal police and Shiite militia forces.
South of Mosul, Iraqi military units are based at the sprawling Qayara air base, but to the city’s east, men are camped out in abandoned homes as the tens of thousands of troops massed around the city have overwhelmed the few military bases in the area.
The video was a chilling warning to Mosul residents as the terror group prepared to dig in against Iraqi government and Kurdish forces
Graphic video shows the men being gunned down in front of a crowd of people in Mosul
Kurdish forces are stationed to the north and east of Mosul, a mostly Sunni city that has long been a center of insurgent activity and anti-central government sentiment after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Iraqi officials have warned that the Mosul operation has been rushed before a political agreement has been set for how the city will be governed after IS.
Lt. Col. Amozhgar Taher with Iraq’s Kurdish forces, also known as the peshmerga, said his men would only move to retake a cluster of mostly Christian and Shabak villages east of Mosul and would not enter the city itself due to their concern for ‘sectarian sensitivities.’
‘To eliminate the threat we must eliminate (ISIS) from Mosul,’ Taher said at a makeshift base in an abandoned house along the front line, some 30km east of Mosul.
Iraqi special forces Lt. Col. Ali Hussein said the Kurdish forces are leading the first push on Mosul’s eastern front. His men were also anxious to move out to the front line, though he said he expects they will wait near the town of Khazer for another day or two.
The video emerged as a huge military assault – backed by coalition airstrikes – was launched in a bit to recapture the northern city
A long-awaited offensive, backed by US-led coalition air and ground support is underway to liberate the city
Mosul fell to ISIS fighters during the militants’ June 2014 blitz that left nearly a third of Iraq in the extremists’ hands and plunged the country into its most severe crisis since the US-led invasion.
After seizing Mosul, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi visited the city to declare an Islamic caliphate that at one point covered nearly a third of Iraq and Syria.
But since late last year, the militants have suffered battlefield losses in Iraq and their power in the country has largely shrunk to Mosul and small towns in the country’s north and west. Mosul is about 225 miles northwest of the capital, Baghdad.
The operation to retake Mosul is expected to be the most complex yet for Iraq’s military, which has been rebuilding from its humiliating 2014 defeat.
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a statement that the operation to regain control of Mosul could take ‘weeks, possibly longer.’
Earlier, Iraqi Brig. Gen Haider Fadhil told The Associated Press in an interview that more than 25,000 troops, including paramilitary forces made up of Sunni tribal fighters and Shiite militias, will take part in the offensive that will be launched from five directions around the city.
The role of the Shiite militias has been particularly sensitive, as Nineveh, where Mosul is located, is a majority Sunni province and Shiite militia forces have been accused of carrying out abuses against civilians in other operations in majority Sunni parts of Iraq.
Fadhil voiced concern about potential action from Turkish troops based in the region of Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul. Turkey sent troops to the area late last year to train anti-ISIS fighters there.
Mosul fell to ISIS fighters during the militants’ June 2014 blitz that left nearly a third of Iraq in the extremists’ hands and plunged the country into its most severe crisis since the US-led invasion
But Baghdad has seen the Turkish presence as a ‘blatant violation’ of Iraqi sovereignty and has demanded the Turkish troops withdraw, a call Ankara has ignored.
Military operations are also predicted to displace 200,000 to a million people, according to the United Nations. Just a few kilometers from the eastern front line, rows of empty camps for displaced civilians line the road, but aid groups say they only have enough space for some 100,000 people.
In Geneva, a senior U.N. official said he’s ‘extremely concerned’ for the safety of civilians in Mosul. Stephen O’Brien, the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, said that as many as ‘1 million people may be forced to flee their homes in a worst-case scenario.’
He warned that families are at ‘extreme risk’ of being caught in crossfire, and that tens of thousands may end up besieged or held as human shields and thousands could be forcibly expelled.
Aleksandar Milutinovic, the Iraq country director for the International Rescue Committee, said the population of Mosul is not all supporters of ISIS, ‘they’re just people who had no other opportunity or a place to go’ and urged Iraqi forces to ‘show will and a very serious commitment to protecting civilians and ensuring their wellbeing.’
In the midst of a deep financial crisis, the Iraqi government says it lacks the funds to adequately prepare for the humanitarian fallout of the Mosul fight. In some cases commanders say they are encouraging civilians to stay in their homes rather than flee.
‘While we may be celebrating a military victory (after the Mosul operation is complete),’ said Falah Mustafa, the foreign minister for Iraq’s Kurdish region, ‘we don’t want to have also created a humanitarian catastrophe.’