New grisly IS footage shows murder on industrial scale

New grisly IS footage shows murder on industrial scale
So called Islamic State group on Saturday released disturbing new footage of its mass murder of hundreds of Iraqi military recruits in Tikrit in June last year.
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12 July, 2015
Around 600 bodies have been exhumed by Iraqi authorties. [Getty]

In a horrofic new video, Islamic State extremists released a new footage of their June 2014 massacre of army cadets in Iraq's Tikrit.

The highest estimates put at 1,700 the number of cadets IS gunmen captured at the Speicher military base near Tikrit and murdered at various locations, mostly in the city's former presidential palace complex.

The 22-minute video posted on jihadist forums, which included both new and previously released footage, shows hundreds of executions, providing further evidence of the scope of the atrocity.

The grisly footage shows executions on an industrial scale, with victims falling out of dump trucks and later lying side by side in shallow mass graves before being shot dead one by one.

The killing went on into the night and the video shows an excavator being used to move piles of bodies.

Around 600 bodies have been exhumed since government and allied fighters retook Tikrit from IS in April but many of the victims were dumped into the Tigris river.

An unidentified IS leader in military uniform is seen in the video.

The video was released just days after a court in Baghdad sentenced 24 men to death by hanging over the Speicher massacre. 

The trial lasted only a few hours, and the convictions were based mostly on confessions the defendants claimed were obtained under torture.

Combined with a call by the country's top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for Iraqis to take up arms against them, the Speicher massacre played a key role in the mass recruitment of Shia volunteers to fight the extremists.