Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Daesh terrorist group has executed possibly hundreds of detainees in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul and buried them in a mass grave that could be the largest one discovered in the country so far.
Witnesses told the New York-based rights organization that the victims, including several members of Iraqi security forces, were executed between June 2014 to May or June 2015, with their bodies being dumped in a sinkhole at a site in western Mosul.
Terrorists had also laid landmines and booby-traps in the mass grave in an attempt to “maximize harm to Iraqis,” according to Lama Fakih, HRW deputy Middle East director. She described the mass grave as “a grotesque symbol of ISIS’s (Daesh) cruel and depraved conduct – a crime of a monumental scale.”
“If exhumation is possible, the process should be carried out under international standards,” the HRW said.
Iraqi forces took the control of the site in mid-February 2017. Human Rights Watch visited the site on March 7, but was not able to inspect the grave due to the landmines.
The United Nations estimated last month that removing all mines, explosive devices and booby traps left by Daesh in and around Mosul will cost as much as 50 million dollars.
The mass grave is only one of dozens of Daesh mass graves found in Iraq and Syria, but, according to the report, it could be the largest. It was not possible to determine the exact number of the victims.
Earlier in March, Iraqi forces announced they had found another mass grave near Daesh Badoush Prison, some 10 kilometers west of Mosul. The terrorists held between 500 and 600 detainees in the prison. Later on, an Iraqi general told Human Rights Watch that under the military’s supervision, medical experts from Baghdad had exhumed about 400 bodies from the site.
The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), which tackles the issue of people missing as a result of the conflict, however, told the HRW that the excavations were unacceptable.
“They must be carried out by trained teams with sufficient experience, because they are dealing with human remains at a crime scene,” said deputy head of the organization Fawaz Abdulameer.
Daesh began its campaign of terror in northern and western Iraq in 2014.
Iraqi army soldiers and allied fighters are leading military operations to win back militant-held regions, trying to eliminate terrorists or driving them out of their country.
They took control of eastern Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19.
The United Nations said Wednesday that around 45,000 people have fled the fighting between Iraqi forces and Daesh terrorists in western Mosul over the past week, a 22 percent increase from the previous week.
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After four days of closure, the highway was restored for one-way traffic from Sunday and vehicles were allowed to move from Jammu to Srinagar
One-way traffic will be allowed on the Srinagar- Jammu highway on Monday, a traffic department official said.
After four days of closure, the highway was restored for one-way traffic from Sunday and vehicles were allowed to move from Jammu to Srinagar.
Turkish forces have killed 18 Daesh terrorists during operations in northern Syria over the past 24 hours.
According to a statement released by the Turkish army on Sunday, some 130 terrorist targets, including hideouts, defense positions, headquarters, weapons and vehicles were also shelled in the operations.
Turkish fighter planes also carried out raids against various terrorist-held positions in al-Bab, destroying ammunition depots, checkpoints, tunnels and nine buildings.
Earlier in the month, Russia announced that Turkish jets had joined the anti-Daesh operations in Syria’s al-Bab.
The statement noted that the US-led coalition also engaged in airstrikes in the region, destroying terrorist infrastructure.
Livening up the winters in picturesque Patnitop, three day Winter Carnival got underway Sunday attracting tourists in large number.
MLA Chenani Dinanath Bhagat formally inaugurated the programme. CEO Patnitop Development Authority Rakesh Sangral was also present on the occasion.
Organised by the Department of Tourism and Patnitop Development Authority, three day carnival includes cultural programmes in which prominent artists from within and outside the state will perform. Various adventure sports specially ice skiing will also be one of the major attractions of the festival.
Two militants have been killed in an encounter that broke out in Hadoora area of Shuhama in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday morning.
An army spokesperson Col Manish Pandey said that two militants have been killed in the gunfight.
Importantly, Both the bodies and two AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the site of the gunfight.
Pandey said that a sanitization operation is going on in the area.
The holy city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran has been officially introduced as the “cultural capital of the Muslim world” for the Asia region for 2017.
In 2011, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), which is associated with the Organization of Islamic Conference, launched the initiative for three cities to be named each year as such capitals throughout the countries in Asia, the Arab region, and the African region, which house considerable Muslim populations.
On Tuesday, Mashhad was awarded the title by Deputy Director General of the ISESCO Amina al-Hajri at a ceremony attended by ranking Iranian officials and 250 cultural and political figures from 51 world countries.
The other cities bearing the title this year are the Jordanian capital of Amman for the Arab region and the Ugandan capital of Kampala for Africa.
“This is an important day for Mashhad, Islamic Iran, and the world of Islam,” Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi Amiri said, addressing the event. “Mashhad can be the focal point for attracting scholars and thinkers and artists.”
Muslims, he said, believed in the same theoretical basics, had one Holy Book, and one Prophet (PBUH).
“We have common enemies inside the world of Islam. They have their own reactionary understanding and perception of this holy religion. They want to portray the religion as a violent one,” the Iranian minister said. “And at the same time, we have external foes, namely the Zionist entity (Israel), which plays a key role in creating disunity in the world of Islam.”
The official concluded by urging unity and convergence toward successfully confronting the sources of enmity to the Islamic world.
US President-elect Donald Trump risks isolating the United States if he decides to dismantle the Iran nuclear agreement in order to satisfy the Israel lobby, says an American political analyst.
Trump may revoke the nuclear deal because of his close proximity to Jared Kushner, his “Zionist Jewish son-in-law,” said Rodney Martin, a former congressional staffer based in Los Angeles.
Kushner is a “Zionist Jewish agent” and will represent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House after Trump’s inauguration, Martin told Press TV on Wednesday.
If Trump “decides to give in and satisfy the promises he made to Zionist Jewish interests and cancel the Iran deal…he risks isolating the United States on the world stage,” he added.
Departing US Secretary of State John Kerry says he believes the Iran nuclear agreement will survive and has warned Trump that canceling the deal would harm the US in an irreparable way.
Speaking on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Kerry said unraveling the achievements of outgoing President Barack Obama will take Trump longer than he expects.
Kerry predicted that the nuclear deal with Iran will survive despite Trump’s opposition to it. “So I believe this is an agreement that can endure.”
Trump is under immense pressure not to quash a landmark nuclear deal. During his presidential campaign, Trump had threatened to either dismantle the agreement or seek a better deal.
However, Iran has repeatedly said that the deal is not negotiable.
The nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was clinched between Iran and the P5+1 group – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – in July 2015.
According to the accord, which came into force in January 2016, the six world powers committed to lifting the nuclear-related sanctions against Iran and the Islamic Republic agreed to limit its nuclear work in certain areas.
President Government Employees Conference and Non Gazetted Employees Welfare Association SKIMS Ishtiyaq Beigh has welcomed the announcements made by State Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu with reference to implementation of Pay commission and regularization of Daily Wagers.
Ishtiyaq Beigh while appreciating Finance Minister 80-minute long Budget speech in the State Assembly at Jammu in which the Finance Minister unveiled a roadmap for implementation of various reforms, recommendations of 7th Pay Commission and regularization of daily wagers and casual labourers has termed it visionary budget .
Ishtiyaq Beigh said -“ The positive steps taken on burning issues like regularization of daily wager and laying out time frame for implementation of 7th Pay Commission are all steps taken in right direction. All these announcements make this budget a historic one and this has brought smiles on the faces of daily wagers and employees .”
He also expressed hope that an era of dynamic work culture and efficiency, merit will usher which will make Jammu and Kashmir a progressive state .