May 18, 2016: ISIS uses acid to dissolve victims

On May 18, 2016 ISIS executed 25 people it accused of spying by placing them in a large tub containing nitric acid.

MOSUL, IRAQ – As inhumane as terrorism can be there are still some acts that are unspeakable: a lot of them involve ISIS.

It takes a special kind of person to be a terrorist I’d imagine. Not only do you have to develop a sense of anger, indeed of hatred, towards someone over what you perceive to be some dastardly treatment of you or whatever community you identify with, but you have to take it at least one step further.

Lots of people harbour anger and even hate, but few – thankfully! – translate those emotions into acts of violence. And if those acts of violence are in the name of that anger or hate they can qualify as acts of terrorism.

Terrorist groups take this anger and hate to another level and none did this as well as Islamic State (ISIS). This group – which is far from ‘dead’ I hate to tell you – was also known for its ability to kill in very, very horrible ways.

On this day in 2016

ISIS executed 25 people in the Iraqi city of Mosul on charges of spying and collaborating with Iraqi security forces, by placing them in a large tub containing nitric acid inside one of its headquarters. The corrosive substance actually dissolved the victims’ organs from the inside.

ISIS members tied each person with a rope and lowered him in the tub, which contains nitric acid, till the victims organs dissolve.

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It is hard to contemplate this level of hatred towards other human beings. Then again, this is ISIS we are talking about.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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