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Iraqi Forces Accused Of Killing And Torturing Civilians South Of Mosul | The Huffington Post INDIA BRASIL U.K. MAGHREB JAPAN DEUTSCHLAND CANADA KOREA FRANCE ESPANA WORLDPOST Iraqi Forces Accused Of Killing And Torturing Civilians South Of Mosul Rights groups allege multiple violations and unlawful killings. 11/10/2016 07:36 am ET | Updated Nov 10, 2016 100 Thaier Al-Sudani / Reuters A member of Iraqi security forces walks past a destroyed building by clashes in Hammam al-Ali, south of Mosul, Iraq November 7, 2016. BAGHDAD, Nov 10 (Reuters) ― Iraqi government forces killed and tortured civilians south of Mosul, rights groups said on Thursday, the first such reports of alleged abuse in a U.S.-backed campaign to retake the city from Islamic State. Amnesty International said “up to six” people were found dead last month in the Shura and Qayyara sub-districts who security forces suspected of ties to the ultra-hardline jihadist group which seized a third of Iraqi territory in 2014. “Men in federal police uniform have carried out multiple unlawful killings, apprehending and then deliberately killing in cold blood residents in villages south of Mosul,” said Lynn Maalouf, deputy director for research at Amnesty’s Beirut office. Human Rights Watch said at least 37 men suspected of being affiliated with Islamic State had been detained by Iraqi and Kurdish forces from checkpoints, villages, screening centers and camps for displaced people around Mosul and Hawija, further south. Relatives said they did not know where most of the men were being held and had not been able to contact any of them while in detention, according to the report. HRW warned that such conduct “significantly increases the risk of other violations,” including torture. An Interior Ministry spokesman denied there had been any violations and said Iraqi forces respect human rights and international law. A spokesman for Iraq’s federal police could not be reached for comment. A spokesman for the Kurdish regional government denied the HRW report, saying any delays in informing families were limited and due to limited resources. “Nobody has been kept in unknown facilities. They are kept in identified facilities,” said Dindar Zebari. The Mosul operation, involving a 100,000-strong alliance of troops, security forces, Kurdish peshmerga and Shi’ite Muslim militias and backed by U.S.-led air strikes, has entered its fourth week but has so far gained just a small foothold in the city. Amnesty’s report described several incidents on or around Oct. 21 in which separate groups of men were beaten with cables and rifle butts before being shot to death. In one case, a man’s head had been severed from his body, it said. Amnesty said that, without accountability, the alleged abuses risked being repeated in other towns and villages as the Mosul offensive continues. More: Iraq Human Rights Mosul Suggest a correction Comments Close SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn more 897 K 92.7 K 456 K Podcast Add us on Snapchat Iraqi Forces Accused Of Killing And Torturing Civilians South Of Mosul NEW! HIGHLIGHT AND SHARE Highlight text to share via Facebook and Twitter CURATED FOR YOU Generated from related, personalized and trending articles. View your news homepage. CONVERSATIONS Advertise RSS Careers FAQ User Agreement Privacy Comment Policy About Us About Our Ads Contact Us Archive Copyright © 2016 TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.    "The Huffington Post" is a registered trademark of TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. All rights reserved. Part of HuffPost • HPMG News