HRW: Iraq forces executed 250 Sunni prisoners

Iraq’s security forces and allied Shiite militias executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners as they fled a lightning jihadist-led advance last month, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

“Iraqi security forces and militias affiliated with the government appear to have unlawfully executed at least 255 prisoners… since June 9,” the watchdog said in a statement.

“The mass extrajudicial killings may be evidence of war crimes or crimes against humanity,” the New York-based HRW said.

It said the killings appeared to have been carried out in revenge for the onslaught led by what was still known last month as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)…

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