74 Killed in Iraq; ISIS Mutilates Its Own for Desertion

On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed that Turkish troops will participate in operation against the Islamic State militants in Mosul, and no party will be able to prevent them. The threat came as the Turkish Parliament voted to extend a mandate for troops to remain deployed in Iraq and Syria.

At least 74 people were killed and 25 more were wounded in recent violence:

A woman was executed in Albu Fahed for trying to escape militant territory.

Seventy militants were killed during operations in Hud.

Resistance forces killed three militants in Salman.

Dozens of militants were killed in Albu Rathe.

In Mosul, militants mutilated 25 of their colleagues for desertion. The men were warned that more would be cut off if they abandoned the battlefields again. In the past, however, ISIS/Daesh has executed fighters for fleeing the flight. With the battle against Mosul looming, perhaps they can no longer afford to kill off their own.

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Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.