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    38 Hanged for 'Terrorism' in Iraq

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    On December 14, 38 Sunni Muslim militants reportedly associated with Daesh and Al Qaeda were sentenced to death on terrorism charges in the southern province of Dhi Qar, a senior provincial council official said.

    According to the Justice Minister, the mass executions via hanging were carried out in a prison in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah.

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    It was the largest number of executions in a single day since September 24, when 42 people faced capital punishment in the same prison after detonating a car bomb.

    On December 9, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi declared the end of the country's fight against Daesh after Iraqi troops had gained complete control over the border with Syria. Daesh invaded Iraq in 2014 and seized Mosul, declaring it their de facto capital in the region. However, in summer 2017, Iraqi forces regained control over Mosul. In November, they liberated Rawa, the last Daesh stronghold in the country.


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