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US rights group finds ISIS execution site

Published on Jun 27, 2014 12:07 PM
An image uploaded on June 14, 2014 on the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin allegedly showing ISIS militants executing dozens of captured Iraqi security forces members at an unknown location. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Human Rights Watch says fighters inspired by Al-Qaeda executed Iraqi soldiers en masse this month in Tikrit.

In mid-June, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) posted photos online of what they claimed to be the bodies of dozens of captured security forces members they had executed.

"Analysis of photographs and satellite imagery strongly indicates that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria conducted mass executions in Tikrit after seizing control of the city on June 11, 2014," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Thursday.

It suggested the death toll was between 160 and 190 men in at least two locations between June 11 and June 14.

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