The government of Iraq hanged 38 Islamic State and Al-Qaida terrorists at once in the largest mass execution in two months.
“The prison administration executed on Thursday in the presence of Justice Minister Haidar al-Zameli, in Nasiriyah prison, 38 death row prisoners belonging to Al-Qaeda or Daesh (ISIS) accused of terrorist activities,” an Iraqi official told AFP. The previously known mass execution in Iraq occurred in September.
Iraq is currently holding thousands of terrorists captured from the Islamic State and Al-Qaida after nearly three-year-long military campaign against the group. Near the end of the military campaign literally thousands of fighters were surrendering en-masse to the U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces, prompting a question of what exactly to do with all of them.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi declared the fight against ISIS in Iraq over on Saturday. The group continues to maintain a small pocket of territory in Syria where it surrounded by various different milita’s.
Human rights organizations have protested Iraq’s repeated use of execution against ISIS, warning in a recent report that Iraq appears “to be prosecuting all Islamic State suspects in their custody under counter-terrorism laws, primarily for Islamic State membership, and not focusing on specific actions or crimes that may have been committed.”
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