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Iraq Executes 38 Terror Convicts

Iraq Executes 38 Terror Convicts

Thursday, 14 December, 2017 - 18:15
Kurdish Peshmerga forces detain ISIS extremists southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq October 5, 2017. (Reuters)

Iraqi authorities on Thursday executed 38 detainees convicted of terrorism.

A security official at the Dhi Qar province said that the convicts were members of the al-Qaida and ISIS terrorist organizations.

In September, the Justice Ministry announced that 42 detainees were executed after being convicted on terrorism charges.

On Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi warned that ISIS might "erupt again somewhere else" without international cooperation in combatting the extremists.

He said that “we have managed to break them" in Iraq, but added that it is a worry for everyone that ISIS has "this unfortunate ability to recruit young people very quickly."

He stressed there must be an effort to "remove their grassroots in the region."

Abadi called for continued international cooperation in training Iraqi forces and providing logistical and intelligence support.

The premier declared victory in the more than three-year fight against ISIS in a national address Saturday.

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