Thirty-six Islamic State militants were hanged Sunday by the Iraqi government, for their involvement in the 2014 Speicher massacre.
The massacre is named after the base near Tikrit where the Islamic State reportedly kidnapped 1,700 recruits, promising to take them to their families, but then they were executed after taking them to a shallow grave.
The Speicher base is also officially known as the Tikrit Air Academy, which was renamed after U.S. troops took it over during the 2003 invasion. The base is named after Captain Michael Scott Speicher, who was killed during the Gulf War in 1991.
The New York Times reported on one of the Shia men who survived the massacre, but it also details how the Iraqi men who fled the base were rounded up by the Islamic State before they were executed.
“The executions of 36 convicted over the Speicher crime were carried out this morning in Nasiriyah prison.”
Firstpost gives more details on the execution of the Islamic State militants, which includes a quote by Amnesty International questioning the execution process by the Iraqi government.
“The use of the death penalty is deplorable in all circumstances, and it is particularly horrendous when applied after grossly unfair trials marred by allegations of confessions extracted under torture as is frequently the case in Iraq.”
The United Nations also had something to say about Iraqi prime minister Abadi’s call to speed up the executions.
“Fast-tracking executions will only accelerate injustice.”
Inquisitr has been covering reports of U.S.-led coalition forces pushing the Islamic State out of various cities in Iraq and Syria they previously held. One of them being Fallujah, a town with a Sunni majority who the Islamic State supports, and who were reportedly also being executed by Shia militia groups as they were being captured.
However, the coalition has been trying to avoid making the mistake, where various tribes and previously conflicted groups have been working together against the Islamic State, under the idea that even for towns like Fallujah, the group was executing their own if they did not side with them. The terrorist group has apparently not been very popular among Sunni Muslims either, as mentioned in another report by Inquisitr about the divide the group has tried to force.
“Sunnis in Iraq no longer view the ISIL radicals as liberators, and the Shiite role in the fighting is less important than it was a year ago, officials in Baghdad told Reuters. As a result, they said, the Iraqi army has gained Sunni acceptance and is seen less as a Shiite-led sectarian force than it was under former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.”
The New York Times also talks about reconciliation between Shia and Sunni, where there were reports during the massacre that Sunni’s assisted in the execution of the Shia recruits. When the Islamic State was separating the Iraqi troops, the Sunnis were given a chance to ask for forgiveness for their role to defend the government, while the Shia were killed.
Other tribal conflicts, in Africa for instance, have had to apologize for them and it’s mentioned that a representative under Maliki traveled there to learn more, saying that in the desert, revenge was how they settled their issues.
While both sides have their reasons to despise the Islamic State, the solution from the coalition has been to make sure they’re not doing something that will generate more sectarianism, which gives rise to problematic terror groups.
*The main image shows Adnan Abdul Redha who was arrested, suspected of playing a part in the Speicher massacre. Live leak shows footage of Redha being beaten. It is currently unknown if he is among those Islamic State fighters executed.
[Photo by Nabil al-Jurani/AP Photo]