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June 10, 2014: ISIS massacres Shia Muslims from Iraqi prison

On June 10, 2014 up to 670 prisoners from Badush prison in the Iraqi city of Mosul were killed by ISIS

MOSUL, IRAQ – Some terrorist groups stoop to what can only be compared to ‘shooting fish in a barrel’.

When it comes to the Islamic State (ISIS) it is hard to delineate just how bad this terrorist group was. Burning people alive. Throwing people off buildings. Drowning people in cages. Mass rapes. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Given that ISIS ran a ‘state’ it had ample opportunity to do what it did best. And what it did best was kill anyone it hated. Which was a long list indeed!

Vote for us for paradise! Nah, just kidding – democracy is haram! (Photo: Wasfi Akab on flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Take today’s horrific attack.

On this day in 2014

Up to 670 prisoners from Badush prison in the Iraqi city of Mosul were killed by ISIS. Yes, you read that correctly 670 prisoners were killed like fish in a barrel (what chance did they have to defend themselves?).

Here is the clincher: ISIS had loaded 1,000 to 1,500 prisoners from the jail onto trucks and took them for screening: Sunni inmates were then separated and removed. Those killed were all Shia Muslims.

ISIS gunmen then yelled insults at the remaining prisoners, lined them up in four rows, ordered them to kneel and opened fire.

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay

Once again ISIS demonstrated that it sees Shia Muslims as less than human (and less than Muslim). What further proof do we need of the inhuman nature of this terrorist group?

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of five books on terrorism.

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