ISIL captured members of Iraqi security forces prior to transporting them to an unknown location in the Salaheddin province ahead of executing them
A series of alarming attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across Northern and Western Iraqi towns has succeeded in seizing major towns. The attacks, which began on June 9, include the seizures of Mosul and Baquba, 37 miles from Baghdad. A state of emergency has been called by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Iraqi forces have responded with air strikes near Tal Afar.
Following the collapse of three regular divisions of the Iraqi army, Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani asked citizens to join the Iraqi forces in protecting the country against the terrorist group ISIL, who have killed a large number of civilians.
ISIL is using social media to create a global platform and recruit members from abroad. A mobile application and a string of Twitter accounts release live updates on the group’s operations, videos and images illustrating their advances. The hashtags “#Baghdad_is_liberated” and “#Iraq_is_ liberated” are used to connect their supporters.
Images published on June 15, of captured Iraqi security personnel being killed, quickly became viral and social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter have consequently been banned by the Iraqi government, in an attempt to curb further incitement and coordination of ISIL activity.
The Iraqi military has asked for military intervention from the US, largely in the form of air strikes and President Barack Obama will send 300 ‘special forces’ to Iraq to train the Iraqi military.