We are getting more in the way of disinformation. Events from June are depicted as current events. Material from the Human Rights Watch site is being recycled.
This morning’s news includes release of a video from ISIS depicting mass executions. The story lines are tagged as "breaking news" and "1700 slaughtered at Tikrit." Since ISIS rolled into Tikrit back on June 11th, there has been one mass slaughter. Tikrit has gone quite differently from Mosul as the locals did not turn out to support ISIS takeover.
This is being spread out by BNO News and other unidentified blogs.
In fact the most of these executions occurred more than a month ago when ISIS took Mosul on June 11th and then the Tikrit executions (not in the main photos and videos) happened when ISIS captured a class of Iraqi Air Force cadets. There are various rumors floating around as to how many of the cadets were murdered.
The main executions were documented by Human Rights Watch on June 26th and 27th. Local verification of the cadet killings goes to recovery of several of the cadets’ bodies from the Tigris river downstream from Tikrit. The images in the video out of Baghdad are the same images exactly as HRW had from Mosul back with their June 26/27 stories.
A majority of the ISIS raiders who drove into Tikrit unopposed on June 11th are now dead. They did control about a third of the city through the first week of July. That was their high water mark for Caliphate Conquest.
From here on these raiders are up against professional soldiers, plus the usual local volunteer militiamen in support roles. One interesting part of these events at Tikrit is that two of the Sunni tribes from Tikrit came over to help rout these ISIS raiders -- news from Mosul has been that bad. Even if Iraq was absorbed by Shi'ia Iran, which is not going to happen, that would be preferable to being ruled by crazy people. Meeting the Qods Force soldiers and speaking with them in Arabic was an entirely different experience from what they experienced from the Americans.