Published: Mon, August 22, 2016
World | By Carl Welch

IS men executed in Iraq over Camp Speicher massacre

IS men executed in Iraq over Camp Speicher massacre

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

Iraq on Sunday hanged 36 men convicted over the 2014 massacre by Sunni extremists and allied militants of hundreds of military recruits.

As NPR's Alison Meuse told our Newscast unit, that massacre happened when ISIS, a Sunni extremist group, overran a former USA military base called Camp Speicher.

The Daesh group revelled in the atrocity, posting on the internet videos and pictures showing the Shia prisoners being taken away and shot.

The footage was then disseminated online in the way that has become IS's calling card around the world.

Mass graves of the incident was found later.

The killing of the recruits at the hands of IS brought about the creation of so-called "popular mobilisation forces", Shi'ite militia that were later co-opted into the Iraqi army.

"The ministry of justice executed 36 prisoners in Nasriyah prison after they were found guilty in the crime of Speicher", state-run Iraqiya channel said' Camp Speicher is a former US base in Tikrit. A Justice Ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters, confirmed the executions. It added that those executed today are all thought to be Iraqis and received death sentences in February.

Some of them "were not even present at the scene of the crime", Ahmed al-Karim told The Associated Press. They were sentenced to death by an Iraqi court earlier this year.

"The use of the death penalty is deplorable in all circumstances, and it is particularly horrendous when applied after grossly unfair trials marred by allegations of confessions extracted under torture as is frequently the case in Iraq", the group's Iraq researcher Diana Eltahawy said.

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