The reason for the execution was the flight of 150 Islamists, including these commanders, from the Iraqi city of Tikrit after government troops on Monday, March 2 began a large-scale offensive attack. Iraqi forces of 30 thousand troops managed to take control of the eastern and southern parts of the city.
Liberation of Tikrit will allow troops to continue an offensive attack on Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, which is currently under the control of ISIS.
The “Islamic State” is a terrorist organization which seized a part of Syria and Iraq and proclaimed caliphate. The operation of this group is banned in Russia. ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself a caliph named Ibrahim, and declared its capital the previously captured city of Mosul.