The Islamic State (IS) militant group has released previously unseen video footage of its June 2014 massacre of mostly Shi’ite military recruits in Tikrit.
A 22-minute video posted online in militant forums on July 11 includes previously unreleased footage that provides further evidence of the scope of the atrocity.
IS gunmen executed as many as 1,700 cadets captured at the Speicher military base near Tikrit in northern Iraq during the summer of 2014.
Many were executed at ex-leader Saddam Hussein’s former presidential palace complex in Tikrit.
Previously unseen footage shows victims pleading for the lives and executions on an industrial scale, with victims falling out of dump trucks and later lying side by side in shallow mass graves before being shot one by one.
The video was released four days after a Baghdad court sentenced 24 men to death by hanging for their involvement in the massacre.
Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters