Iraq to hang 27 for IS Camp Speicher massacre

Peace and Freedom

BBC News

Iraqi Shia fighters examine a burial site thought to hold victims of the Camp Speicher massacre
Mass graves were discovered near after Iraqi forces recaptured the area in 2015. AFP photo

An Iraqi court has sentenced to death 27 men for their involvement in the massacre of up to 1,700 soldiers by so-called Islamic State (IS) in June 2014.

Twenty-five suspects were released because of a lack of evidence.

It is the latest batch of death sentences passed in connection with the killings – 36 men were hanged a year ago for their part in the massacre.

IS filmed the killings, at the former US base of Camp Speicher, near Tikrit, in an early piece of shock propaganda.

Most of the victims are believed to have been young Shia recruits who were based at the camp when Tikrit was overrun by IS.

Photos and videos published by IS at the time showed soldiers being lined up and shot at various locations.

Some bodies were…

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