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Iraqi forces find bodies of 53 executed men south of Baghdad

Published time: July 09, 2014 08:34
Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjan

Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjan

The bodies of 53 men, who had been bound and executed, were discovered by security forces in Iraq’s mixed-faith province of Babil south of Baghdad.

The victims were found in orchards south of the provincial capital Hilla. All of them had gunshots to the head or chests, police and medic officials reported.

All the killings took place at least a week ago, a mortuary official told AFP. It was not immediately clear why the men were executed.

Babil saw some fighting during the latest radical Islamist offensive in Iraq, which triggered the worst security crisis in the country had in years. But the area where the bodies were discovered is not near the sites of the violence.

The part of Babil north of Hilla is a deeply divided region notorious for sectarian violence that gripped Iraq in the years after the US-led invasion overthrew the Sunni-dominated regime of Saddam Hussein and led to the creation of a Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad.

The province also hosts the Shiite shrine cities of Karbala and Najaf, both located south of Hilla.

Comments (24)


Lasakaurua Naitini 09.07.2014 17:01

......being decived a few times..... indicates the mentality of the citizens not evil or idiots but pure tyranical......when they are pointing at someone they are indicating themselves....the next time they visit you and point at someone to invade just say all the way man, we're with ya......and just don't turn up.......


Rasputin 09.07.2014 17:00

Life in the Mideast has been made very cheap by US hegemony, very cheap indeed. It's a wonder people don't die of anguish, as I feel sympathetically.


Alexander Cerrone 09.07.2014 13:51

The Bush presidents answered the calls for help from the oil companies, and D. Cheney walked away a very wealth man from his interests in Halliburton. The oil companies now had access to one of the top three oil reserves in the world.

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