Iraq's prime minister on Thursday ordered the immediate execution of all convicted Daesh terrorists on death row a day after remnants of the Takfiri terrorist group killed eight captives near Kirkuk.
Haider al-Abadi ordered "the immediate punishment of terrorists condemned to death whose sentences have passed the decisive stage," his office announced in a statement, referring to convicts whose appeals have been exhausted.
"Our security and military forces will take forceful revenge against these terrorist cells," the premier was quoted by media as telling senior military officials and ministers on Thursday. "We promise that we will kill or arrest those who committed this crime," he added.
On a related front, the Iraqi government announced on Friday that 12 convicted Daesh terrorists had been executed in response to Abadi's order.
Iraq has reportedly arrested more than 300 people, including around 100 foreign women, and handed down life terms to hundreds of others for Daesh membership.
According to various media reports, most of the female convicts are Turkish or hail from ex-Soviet republics. Two men, one Russian and another Belgian, have also received death sentences for joining Daesh.