Rights groups fear Iraq revenge execution spree following IS attack

Rights defenders fear Iraq may give the green light to a spree of executions of convicted jihadists in a show of strength, days after a deadly suicide attack in Baghdad. On Sunday, an official from Iraq’s presidency told AFP more than 340 execution orders “for terrorism or criminal acts” were ready to be carried out. “We are continuing to sign off on more,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Another official from Iraq’s presidency added on Monday that all the orders were signed after 2014, most of them under ex-president Fuad Massum and at a time when jihadists were occupyi…

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