Hawija – Islamic State has burnt the ninth emir of Diyala province to death over reluctance in fulfilling duties ordered by the group, a local source from Kirkuk said on Friday.
Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said “IS militants burnt on Friday the emir of Diyala at Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk after a decision was made the group’s so-called legislative court.”
“The execution of Diyala emir was attributed to being reluctant in fulfilling his duties and failing to achieve victories over the past few months,” the source said indicating information that attributes the emir death on opposing the designation of a Syrian national leader to supervise IS states, including the one in Diyala.
Hawija, located 55 KM west of Kirkuk, has been held by IS since mid-2014, when the group emerged to proclaim an Islamic “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria. The group executed dozens of civilians and security members there, forcing thousands to flee homes.
In May, news reports quoted sources as saying that the extremist group opened alternative headquarters for its so-called “Nineveh State, “Dijlah State”, “Salahuddin State” and “Diyala State” in Hawija.
IS still holds three towns in western Anbar close to the borders with Syria, in addition to a few areas in Salahuddin, Diyala and Kirkuk. The Iraqi government is expected to aim at those strongholds once the Mosul battle is concluded.