Islamic State destroying homes in Tikrit as residents flee

The anonymous phone caller had a simple but devastating message for Latif Rajab, an Iraqi oil ministry employee who had fled Tikrit.

“The man on the phone said he was standing outside my home and asked if I would return — knowing that I would never do so,” Mr Rajab said. “Then he said, ­‘listen to this’.”

There was a huge, rumbling ­explosion. When the noise subsided, the man spoke again. “That was your house being blown up,” he told Mr Rajab.

The destruction of houses by Islamic State of anyone suspected of having ties to the government is part of the scorched earth policy that has escalated in recent weeks as the group faces battlefield setbacks across Iraq…

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  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Stories like this are a great reminder of why ISIS deserves no mercy and should be slaughtered into oblivion and extinction.

    ISIS doesn’t care for ‘rules of law’, so neither should we.

    • Frau Katze

      They’re the worst of the worst.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Look all around in that picture.
    Do you see any grass?
    Do you see any trees?
    They’re fighting over a desert.
    I’m half expecting these guys to show up: