Iraq hangs 36 IS fighters for Camp Speicher massacre

Iraq hangs 36 IS fighters for Camp Speicher massacre
August 22 01:34 2016

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.
IS militants released photos and video documenting the
massacre in 2014.

Mass graves were found a year later.
The graves were discovered when Iraqi government forces
recaptured the area.
”The executions of 36 convicted over the Speicher crime
were carried out on Sunday morning in Nasiriyah prison,” a
spokesman for the governor’s office in Dhiqar, the province
of which Nasiriyah is the capital, told Agence France-Presse
news agency.
Some 400 of the army recruits who died were from Dhiqar
province.

The spokesman said that Justice Minister Haidar al-Zamili
was present at the executions.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had said after last month’s
Baghdad bomb blast that killed more than 300 people that he
wanted to speed up executions of terrorism convicts.

Those executed on Sunday, all believed to be Iraqi citizens,
had been sentenced to death in February.
Some of the defendants said they had not been near Tikrit at
the time of the massacre, while others said they had been
denied access to lawyers, or had been forced to confess
under torture.

IS videos
Camp Speicher, named after the first US casualty of the
1991 “Desert Storm” Gulf war against Iraq, had been full of
Iraqi army recruits.
The camp surrendered after it was surrounded by terrorists.
Among the thousands of captives, Shia men were sorted
out, bound and taken away in lorries. They were then forced
to lie face down on the ground before being shot dead. Their
bodies were dumped in prepared trenches.
The IS group revelled in the atrocity, posting on the internet
 videos and pictures showing the Shia prisoners being taken
away and shot.

(BBC)