Iraq hangs 38 ISIS, Al Qaeda militants in mass execution

Elias Hubbard
December 15, 2017

Processing suspected fighters is expected to clog up the Iraqi justice system and prisons for years to come. The justice ministry said that all the accused were either members of the ISIS or Al-Qaeda. The UN today harshly criticised the mass-hanging of 38 men at a prison in southern Iraq this week, urging Baghdad to immediately halt all executions.

Iraq says it has hanged, in a mass execution, 38 jihadist militants convicted of terrorism offences.

Those put to death on Thursday are believed to have been mostly Iraqi citizens, though one report suggests one may have held Swedish citizenship.

The 38 executions, which took place at a prison in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya, were the most in a single day since September 24, when Iraq killed 42 militants due to terrorism charges for crimes such as vehicle bombings and murders of Iraqi security forces, Reuters reported.

Abadi, in a conference, said that their forces were in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border.

However, the recent execution has not gone down well with the Amnesty International and they have yet again condemned the practice of capital sentence.

"The victims of IS deserve justice, not mass executions carried out after deeply flawed and hasty trials", said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty's Middle East director.

On 10 December, the Iraqi government declared the conflict with IS over after ousting the group from the areas of northern and western Iraq it began occupying in 2014.

ISIS wiped from their stronghold in Mosul.

The executions were conducted after a few days ago Iraq declared a military victory over the "Islamic State" and the release of the entire territory previously controlled by the group in the country.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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