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HRW: Iraqi Government-Backed Militia Killed Prisoners

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Militia fighters have been repeatedly accused of carrying out abuses in the assault on Mosul and other areas occupied by IS forces.

Militia fighters have been repeatedly accused of carrying out abuses in the assault on Mosul and other areas occupied by IS forces.

An Iraqi government-backed militia has killed execution-style at least four men suspected of being affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.

The New York-based rights watchdog quoted residents of the Shayalat al-Imam village, some 70 kilometers south of Mosul, as saying the killings took place on November 29 amid a military operation to retake the northern city from the IS group.

Members of the Iraqi security forces were present for at least one killing but did not attempt to intervene, a December 18 statement said.

It said the men were killed by members of the Hashad al-Jabur militia "without any judicial proceeding," adding that the murder of prisoners in a conflict is a war crime.

The militia is made up of Sunni Arab tribal fighters and members of the Popular Mobilization Forces, a coalition of mainly Shi’ite militias that play a role in fighting IS militants.

The militias have been repeatedly accused of carrying out abuses.

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