Alwaght- Iraq hanged 38 terrorists belonging to the ISIS group and al-Qaeda found guilty of engaging in terrorism.
The Thursday execution in the southern city of Nasiriyah was the largest in a single day since September 25 when 42 people were put to death in the same prison.
“The prison administration executed on Thursday in the presence of Justice Minister Haidar al-Zameli, in Nasiriyah prison, 38 death row prisoners belonging to al-Qaeda or ISIS accused of terrorist activities,” said Dakhel Kazem, a senior official in the provincial council.
The executions were carried out five days after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of military operations against ISIS after a three-year hard campaign by government troops and the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), known in Arabic as Hashd al-Sha’abi, to retake territories seized by terrorists, which once held roughly one third of the country's soil.
ISIS commenced its reign of terror and destruction in Syria and Iraq in 2013 and 2014 respectively. In June 2014, the group declared its so-called “caliphate” in both Arab countries after it seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and pronounced it as the group’s de facto capital in the Middle Eastern country. ISIS also made the city of Raqqa as its main stronghold in Syria.