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HRW accuses Iraqi forces of war crimes against ISIS families

Human Rights watch on Thursday warned of war crimes being committed by Iraqi forces against families of ISIS fighters following the recapture of Mosul this week. 

The New York based rights organisation accused state forces of foricbly moving over 170 families of ISIS fighters, who mainly comprise women and children, into 'rehabilitation camps' which lack basic necessities as a form of "collective punishment". 

"Iraqi authorities shouldn’t punish entire families because of their relatives' actions," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at HRW. "These abusive acts are war crimes and are sabotaging efforts to promote reconciliation in areas retaken from ISIS."

On Thursday the Iraqi government announced an investigation into a possible extrajudicial killing after a video emerged of appearing to show an unarmed ISIS fighter being thrown off a high ledge by Iraqi soldiers. 

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