The Islamic State, once again is responsible for another atrocity, this past week; this time for the senseless killings of, more than 40, civilians within the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The United Nations report that the civilians were killed after accusations of "treason and collaboration" by the Islamic State. These mass killings by the Islamic State are not at all uncommon, with another 20 individuals being killed in Mosul, last Wednesday. There a reports that many of these slayings were done in public, and many of the bodies were hung from light poles, in order to further deter any acts of suspected treason against the Islamic State. Iraqi security forces have been trying to combat the Islamic State with the utilization of heavy presence of soldiers, police and other types of militia men. The city of Mosul has been occupied by the Islamic State for more than 2 years, yet the Iraqi forces believe that, if control of Mosul can be regained, a major stronghold of the terrorist organization will be defeated.