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Iraq forces executed 255 prisoners in revenge for ISIS killings

Published on Jul 12, 2014 10:05 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Iraqi security forces and government affiliated militias appear to have unlawfully executed at least 255 prisoners over the past month in apparent revenge for killings by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters, according to a rights group on Saturday.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the killings had taken place in six Iraqi towns and villages since June 9 and at least eight of the dead were boys under 18.

In all but one case, the killings took place while the Iraqi forces were fleeing from ISIS militants and other armed groups, it said on its website.

The vast majority of security forces and militias are Shi'ite, while the murdered prisoners were Sunni, it added.

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