(The Daily Mail newspaper) ISIS has reportedly executed a judge and four of its leading commanders after they fled from a battle in Mosul.
The Iraqi government launched an assault on the city in October to reclaim it from the terror group who took control in 2014.
So far, Iraqi troops have taken towns and villages on the outskirts of the city and in a huge victory retook an eastern section of Mosul at the weekend after three months of fighting.
However, military sources say the judge, nicknamed Abu Hafsa, and the four other commanders ran away from the confrontation, that ISIS eventually lost.
Later they were captured and executed by a firing squad in the town of Badush in western Mosul in front of a huge crowd.
It comes amid reports that despite their fierce resistance at first, ISIS fighters are weakening and that there is serious in-fighting between the jihadis.
It is also said that many ISIS fighters have also been executed by commanders for delinquency on the battlefield.
Meanwhile, yesterday Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi said his troops had completely liberated eastern Mosul three months after the operation to retake the city had begun.
Intense fighting over the weekend subsided after Iraqi troops, supported by US air power drove the remaining ISIS terrorists back across the River Tigris.
However, 750,000 people are still believed to be under ISIS control in the western part of the city.