Iraq collectively punishing Islamic State families: rights group

Iraq collectively punishing Islamic State families: rights groupHuman Rights Watch accused Iraqi security forces on Thursday of forcibly relocating at least 170 families of alleged Islamic State members to a closed “rehabilitation camp” as a form of collective punishment. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced victory over Islamic State in Mosul on Monday, three years after the militants seized the city and made it the stronghold of a “caliphate” they said would take over the world. Iraq’s government now faces the task of preventing revenge attacks against people associated with Islamic State that could, along with Sunni-Shi’ite sectarian tensions, undermine efforts to create long-term stability in the country.



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