Keywords: Ramadi Iraq
Description: Residents claim the jihadists were set alight in the town's main square in a terrifying message to other militants who may be forced to defend Mosul from an attack by Iraqi forces.
ISIS burns its own fighters alive for losing Ramadi to Iraqi troops in terrifying warning to other militants after they fled to group's stronghold of Mosul
- Jihadi leaders rounded up fighters and then set them alight in town square
- Fanatics sent message to militants preparing to defend Mosul from attack
- They are also murdering women and children accused of being spies
- Terror expert says ISIS is 'fracturing, paranoid from within' and 'desperate'
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Islamic State fighters who lost a town to Iraqi forces were burned alive after they fled to the group's stronghold of Mosul, it has been reported.
Residents claim the jihadists were set alight in the town's main square in a terrifying message to other militants who may be forced to defend Mosul from an attack.
The fighters had been driven out of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, two weeks ago in a major setback for their aims of creating a caliphate across Iraq and Syria .
ISIS supporters parade through the Iraqi city of Mosul after it was captured from government forces in 2014. Jihadis who fled to Mosul after losing Ramadi are reportedly being burned alive for not fighting to the death
'They were grouped together and made to stand in a circle. And set on fire to die,' a former Iraqi resident now living in the U.S. but remains in contact with family in the town told Fox News .
Other Iraqis with relatives in Mosul said defeated ISIS militants were being punished for not martyring themselves in battle.
Michael Pregent, a terrorism expert and former intelligence adviser to General David Petraeus in Iraq, said: 'There is no surprise on executing ISIS fighters from Ramadi.'
He said the terror group exacted the same punishments to fighters who lost Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit last year.
The jihadists were also murdering women and children accused of being spies as the terror group's grip on the town becomes increasingly fragile.
Mr Pregent said: 'ISIS is fracturing, paranoid from within. They are using women and children executions to intimidate – the harsher the tactic the more desperate the leadership is.'
Iraqi forces secure an area in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province after retaking the city from ISIS
It came as the U.S. military said its aircraft bombed an ISIS cash distribution site in the town as parts of coalition efforts to disrupt the group's financial activities.
CNN, citing unnamed U.S. defense officials, said the building in Mosul was destroyed by two 2,000lb bombs
The officials could not say exactly how much money was there or in what currency, but one described it as 'millions'.
As many as 3,200 ISIS fighters are based in the town, more than three times the number that held Ramadi, according to the coalition.
Officials said efforts to rebuild Ramadi were being hampered by boobytraps in streets and buildings.
Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, was touted as the first major success for Iraq's army since it collapsed in the face of ISIS's lightning advance across the country's north and west 18 months ago.
ISIS were driven out of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, two weeks ago by Iraqi troops (above) in a major setback for their aims of creating a caliphate across Iraq and Syria
The militants have been pushed to Ramadi's eastern suburbs, but almost all of the city, which was battered by U.S.-led air strikes against ISIS, remains off-limits to its nearly half a million displaced residents, most of whom fled before the army advance.
'Most areas are now under the security forces' control,' Anbar governor Sohaib al-Rawi said on Saturday at a temporary government complex southeast of the city.
'Most of the streets in Ramadi are mined with explosives so it requires large efforts and expertise,' he said.
Specialised bomb disposal teams from the police and civil defence force would begin work 'soon', he said.
The counter-terrorism forces which spearheaded the city's recapture are securing only main streets and tactically important buildings, security sources said.
They have built up earth banks at the entrance of central neighbourhoods deemed clear of militants but still laden with explosives, and marked buildings' exteriors as 'mined', the sources added.
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