Monitoring Group Says Shia Militias Executed Sunni Civilians in Retaliation for IS Attack
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Monitoring Group Says Shia Militias Executed Sunni Civilians in Retaliation for IS Attack

ERBIL — The Shia militias in Iraq recently executed several Sunni Arab residents of Diyala province in retaliation for an Islamic State (IS) attack, an Iraqi monitoring group said. 

The Shia militias, operating under the command of the Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi, reportedly mobilized forces in retaliation for the IS attack on October 26 when the Sunni extremist group killed 12 Shia residents of the village of Rashad, in Miqdadiyah district of Diyala province. 

Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights said in a report on Tuesday that the Sunni residents of several villages in the ethnically diverse province are under serious threat after the Shia militias executed several men in the public. 

While putting the blame on Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and Iraq’s Judicial Authority, the human rights organization called for the intervention of Muqtada al-Sadr, the powerful Shia cleric who leads the Sadrist Movement. 

The IS attack on the Shia village was one of the deadliest in months. It also left dozens of people injured. 

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said in an official statement back then that the atrocity will not be without punishment. 

Kurdish officials, including President Nechirvan Barzani and Prime Minister Masrour Barzani also condemned the attack and reiterated the necessity of closer cooperation and collective efforts to combat terrorism in Iraq. 

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