"That would leave only the eastern route open for the almost 4 million residents of Baghdad to flee, creating an effective kill zone for the jihadists..."
As the al-Qaeda-allied ISIS jihadists continue to crush any government troops that make any type of organized stand against them, the same terrorists have taken to social media to brag of supposed mass executions of prisoners of war. As reported by CNN, The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Star (of Lebanon), The National Post (of Canada) all on June 16, 2014 and also by Sky News (of Great Britain) on June 15, 2014, not only has ISIS made boast of killing unarmed prisoners, they also have slid under the West's media radar as they now roughly surround Baghdad on three sides.
While ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, sometimes called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/ISIL) has taken to Twitter to claim they've executed 1,700 Iraqi Air Force POWs, they've also added insult to injury by referring to those butchered as "Persian sheep," an obvious swipe at the Iranian-backed government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. As of press time, upwards of 20,000 ISIS fighters are approximately 70 miles north of the Iraqi capital and closing fast.
In an official statement released by the U.S. State Department, while never verifying if the slaughter ever took place, a strongly worded condemnation was aimed at the terrorists: "The claim by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that it has massacred 1700 Iraqi Shia air force recruits in Tikrit is horrifying and a true depiction of the bloodlust that these terrorists represent."
Meanwhile, roughly 40 miles to the south of the Baghdad, ISIS fighters are already in control of sections of the city of Hillah. They are also poised to assault the neighboring government controlled cities of Najaf and Karbalah. Due to both cities very small Christian minorities, ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani is whipping up his group’s fervor by referring to Karbalah and Najaf as "filth-ridden" and cities "of polytheism."
As The Washington Post reported on Jan. 3, 2014, ISIS fighters already seized the city of Fallujah, approximately 25 miles to the west of Baghdad International Airport. If and when the southern flank falls to complete ISIS control, that would leave only the eastern route open for the almost 4 million residents of Baghdad to flee, creating an effective kill zone for the jihadists.