The Iraq Report: Mass execution sparks sectarian fears and international concern

The United Nations has expressed concern over the fate of hundreds of prisoners on Iraq’s death row, most of whom are Sunni, who face “imminent” execution without having been afforded the opportunity to defend themselves in a fair trial.Since 2005, Iraq’s Sunnis have said that the country’s draconian counterterrorism laws enacted primarily by pro-Iran Shia politicians have unfairly targeted them, with allegations of membership of al-Qaeda or the Islamic State (IS) being used as an excuse to imprison or kill Sunni dissidents.Meanwhile, Iran-backed militias continue to ramp up their attacks agai…

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