ISIS executed nine of its own members by throwing them into trenches of hot oil and burning them to death after they tried to flee the battle raging around Mosul.
The city is the terror group’s last major stronghold in Iraq and last week government forces backed by the US launched an offensive to liberate the area.
So far around 90 villages and towns under ISIS control have been freed in the past week and in some parts, coalition forces are just three miles from the centre of Mosul.
Iraqi forces defended their positions after taking control of the town of Bartella from ISIS as they advance on Mosul
A member of the Iraqi forces holds a position at the al-Shura area, south of Mosul. ISIS has executed nine of its own fighters who tried to flee the battle
Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government’s peshmerga forces attack ISIS targets with artillery to capture Bashiqa district
Iraqi families who have been displaced by the ongoing military operation jump on to the back of a truck to flee the city
A mother carries her small baby on the outskirts of Mosul as fires rage at the oil trenches nearby
However, today it was revealed jihadis have now taken control of the Iraqi town of Rutba as it shifts its area of control.
It comes as some ISIS fighters begin to flee other parts of the city and surrounding areas after being defeated by the Iraqi government, leaving commanders of the terror group to turn on their own members.