The ISIS once drew recruits from near and far with promises of paradise but now bodies of terrorists lie in mass graves or at the mercy of wild dogs as its “caliphate” collapses.
Flies buzz around human remains to poke through the dusty earth in the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah, 90 kilometers (55 miles) north of Baghdad, at a hastily-dug pit containing the bodies of dozens of ISIS terrorists killed in 2015.
At one stage, ISIS ruthlessly wielded power over a vast swathe of territory straddling Iraq and Syria, but a military onslaught on multiple fronts has seen its fiefdom shrink to the last few pockets.
Since the launch in 2014 of air strikes in Iraq and Syria against the group, a US-led coalition says around 80,000 terrorists have been killed.
The overall number of dead is higher if you include those targeted by Russian and Syrian strikes.