INTERNATIONAL: Iraq hangs 36 IS men over 2014 massacre

By BBC
Iraqi civilians and soldiers mourn next to coffins containing the remains of ten of their comrades who were killed in the Speicher massacre, after they were handed over to relatives following weeks of examination to check their identities via DNA tests, during their funeral procession in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf on July 1, 2015. The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group executed hundreds of mostly Shiite recruits in June 2015 in what is known as the Speicher massacre, named after the military base near which they were captured. AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI / AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI

Iraqi civilians and soldiers mourn next to coffins containing the remains of ten of their comrades who were killed in the Speicher massacre, after they were handed over to relatives following weeks of examination to check their identities via DNA tests, during their funeral procession in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf on July 1, 2015. The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group executed hundreds of mostly Shiite recruits in June 2015 in what is known as the Speicher massacre, named after the military base near which they were captured. AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI / AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI

BBC – Iraq has hanged 36 men convicted over the killing of up to 1,700 military recruits at a former US base in 2014.

The massacre at Camp Speicher, near Tikrit, was carried out by fighters from so-called Islamic State (IS) as it seized territory across northern Iraq.

Outrage over the massacre of the mostly Shia cadets helped mobilise Iraq’s Shia militias in the fight against IS.

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