Iraq hangs 21 on terrorism charges in latest mass executions

Baghdad: Iraq hanged 21 convicted terrorists and murderers on Monday, an interior ministry statement said, the latest in a series of mass executions it has carried out since defeating Daesh in 2017.

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Among those executed at a prison in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya were people involved in two suicide attacks that killed dozens of people the northern town of Tal Afar, the statement said.

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It gave no further details of the identities of the people who were executed or the crimes for which they were convicted.

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Iraq has put hundreds of suspected extremists on trial and carried out several mass executions since defeating Daesh in a 2014-2017 US-backed military campaign.

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Human rights groups have accused Iraqi and other regional forces of inconsistencies in the judicial process and flawed trials leading to unfair convictions. Iraq says its trials are fair.

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Daesh captured a third of Iraq in 2014 and was largely defeated both there and in neighbouring Syria over the following three years.

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