By Amir al-Saadi and Serhad Shaker
Daesh militants have executed five civilians for attempting to flee the northern city of Mosul, according to an Iraqi army officer.
First Lieutenant Nayef al-Zubeidi said the civilians had been killed in western Mosul for violating Daesh orders not to flee the city.
“Daesh has threatened anyone trying to flee the city with death,” he told Anadolu Agency on Monday.
The Iraqi army, backed by U.S.-led coalition warplanes, is currently engaged in a massive offensive to recapture Mosul, the country’s
The terrorist organization has overrun Mosul -- along vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq -- in 2014.
Late last month, the Iraqi army announced the "total liberation" of eastern Mosul -- after three months of fighting -- from the grip of the terrorist group.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.