the devil's henchmen
Iraqi forces have killed thousands of Islamic State fighters. Some died by mortars, others shot by a sniper. Some starved to death in the long siege of the Old City, and some even made it all the way to trail in the years after ISIS was ousted from Mosul. An unknown number were captured and extra-judiciously killed, with their captors believing they have no humanity, and therefore do not deserve to be treated as humans.
Upon finding the bodies of fallen ISIS fighters, a select few civilians and soldiers, Kurd and Iraqi, decided to give them a proper Muslim burial, partially out of fear for their own souls rather than mutual respect.
But the majority of ISIS fighters were buried, "ashes to ashes, dust to dust", bulldozed into a mass grave of rubble and bones, never to be identified or remembered. So what do those we see as monsters deserve in death?
Photographed for The Atavist