Well, this will certainly buck-up morale:
ISIS fighters who fled to the terror group’s Iraqi stronghold of Mosul after being defeated in Ramadi were burned alive in the town square, sources told FoxNews.com, in an unmistakable message to fighters who may soon be defending the northern city from government forces.
Several residents of Mosul recounted the grisly story for stateside relatives, describing the deadly reception black clad jihadists got when they made it to Mosul, some 250 miles north of the city retaken by Iraqi forces operating with cover from U.S. air power.
“They were grouped together and made to stand in a circle,” a former resident of northern Iraq now living in the U.S. but in touch with family back home told FoxNews.com. “And set on fire to die.”
Sources quoted in the article go on to argue that ISIS is increasingly paranoid, fractured, and even desperate. I don’t know if I’d go that far, and a lot of that may be wishful thinking (something we’ve engaged in a lot vis-a-vis ISIS), but it can’t be a good sign for their internal cohesion and esprit de corps.
On the other hand, the Red Army won on the Eastern Front with commissars following behind the troops, shooting deserters, so…
Regardless, I encourage ISIS to continue the jihadi barbecue to the last brave knight of Allah.
PS: Regarding the French in the title? It’s from a true-life incident satirized in Candide. One of the great moments in literature.