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The Islamic State executed 20 opponents in northern Iraq

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The execution was not confirmed by independent sources, but was illustrated by a series of graphic photos broadcasted on the Internet

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The Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group has executed 20 people who wanted to join a militia that is fighting against jihadists in the province of Kirkuk, Iraqi authorities announced on Monday, quoted by AFP.

The execution of these persons, who wanted to join the paramilitary forces of the Popular Mobilization Units, took place in the city of Hawijah, according to local officials.

Their deaths could not be confirmed by independent sources, but was illustrated by a series of graphic photos broadcasted on the Internet.

In the photos bearing the IS logo, the bodies of at least 12 men can be seen, hung from their feet from the pillars of the electric grid. According to local authorities, they are members of the Popular Mobilization Units, most probably Shia.

One week ago, the Iraqi Army and their allies, mainly Kurdish forces, Shiite militias and Sunni fighters from some tribes, launched a vast offensive to retake the strategic town of Tikrit.

Located 160km north of Baghdad, the town with a Sunni-Arab majority population, was conquered by the Jihadist group in June, 2014.

Kurdish forces launched an offensive on Monday in areas south and west of Kirkuk, thus increasing pressure on the last jihadist bastions east of Tigris.

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