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Baghdad—Men wearing federal police uniforms tortured and executed civilians in villages south of Mosul during an ongoing oepration to retake the city from ISIL, according to Amnesty according an allegation denied by Iraq’s authorities.
In its special report, researchers from Amnesty visited several villages in the al-Shura and al-Qayyara sub-districts of Ninewa governorate, south-west and south of Mosul, and gathered evidence indicating that up to six people were extrajudicially executed in late October, apparently due to suspicions they had ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS).
“Men in Federal Police uniform have carried out multiple unlawful killings, apprehending and then deliberately killing in cold blood residents in villages south of Mosul. In some cases the residents were tortured before they were shot dead execution-style,” said Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International’s Beirut Regional Office.
“Deliberately killing captives and other defenceless individuals is prohibited by international humanitarian law and is a war crime. It is crucial that the Iraqi authorities carry out prompt, thorough, impartial and independent investigations into these crimes under international law, and bring those responsible to justice. Without effective measures to suppress and punish serious violations, there is a real risk that we could see war crimes of this kind repeated in other Iraqi villages and towns during the Mosul offensive.”
Iraqi forces launched a massive operation to retake the country’s second city from ISIL on October 17, and the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) special forces have pushed the rebels back from some Mosul neighbourhoods.—Agencies

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