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Iraq: Videos Show U.S.-Backed Soldiers Executing Men in Mosul

HeadlineJul 14, 2017
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In Iraq, Human Rights Watch has condemned video posted to social media purporting to show U.S.-backed Iraqi soldiers in Mosul executing suspected ISIS fighters. One video shows soldiers in military fatigues kicking and beating bloodied men, before dragging one of them to the edge of a high cliff, throwing him off and then opening fire on him. A second, lifeless body can be seen at the foot of the cliff. Another video shows soldiers gunning down an unarmed man kneeling in front of a car. This week, Amnesty International said the U.S.-led coalition violated international law and may have committed war crimes during the battle to seize control of Mosul from ISIS. The fight killed thousands of civilians, leveled much of the city and forced nearly 1 million residents to flee their homes.

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