Hasan Khala Hasan, a Peshmerga commander, relayed the new execution method to the AhlulBayt news agency. According to the commander, ISIS deployed the attack dogs because several leaders failed to fulfill their duties.
ISIS tied these leaders to trees. The dogs proceeded to tear them to pieces.
“IS uses any members who are thought to be of no use, for the organization to frighten other members,” a Kurdish sociologist told the AhlulBayt news agency.
ISIS has pioneered strange and bizarre methods of execution to project a message of fierceness, both to its own members, who often abandon the group due to disillusionment, and foreign powers abroad challenging its supremacy in Iraq and Syria.
Aside from using attack dogs, the group recently started dipping civilians in nitric acid who were apparently engaged in spying operations. The civilians were lowered into barrels full of acid until their organs dissolved.
Previously, ISIS tied prisoners down and ran over them with tanks. It burned a pilot alive locked in a cage. It locked reported spies in a cage and drowned them. ISIS has also thrown homosexuals off buildings. ISIS forces have beheaded Western prisoners. Thieves who’ve been caught have had massive concrete blocks dropped on their heads. Children have even joined in by shooting people in the back of the head.
The group is almost desperate to come up with new, creative ways to shock and horrify Kurds and the Iraqi army, even as the Iraqis are slowly advancing to take more and more territory. The operation to take back Fallujah just started Monday. While the Iraqi army has urged civilians to leave the city, ISIS has already refused to let any escape and is preparing to use civilians as human shields. Meanwhile, the U.S. is hoping the operation in Fallujah moves quickly and smoothly so the Iraqis can refocus their efforts on Mosul, which the U.S. views as a top priority.