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19 Dead in Baghdad Shi'ite Mosque Attack

19 Dead in Baghdad Shi'ite Mosque Attack

A suicide bombing killed 19 people in Baghdad on Sunday, Oct 19, as an ambush halted an advance by Iraqi forces on a key northern city controlled by Islamic State (IS) militants.

The bombing, at a funeral outside a Shi'ite Muslim mosque, also wounded 28 others, a police officer and medical official said.

“The attacker approached the entrance of the mosque and blew himself up among the crowd,'” the police officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Baghdad has been hit by a surge in bombings over the last weeks. Most attacks have been claimed by IS militants, who are Sunni.

In the northern part of the country, Iraqi forces attempted to reestablish control over the city of Baiji, which has been under siege by IS fighters.

Meanwhile, Australia says it has reached agreement to allow 200 members of its special forces into Iraq to help in the fight against the Islamic State. The Australians had been waiting in the United Arab Emirates until Baghdad offered them formal legal protections.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced the accord after a two-day visit to Baghdad. She said the special forces mission would be to advise and assist in building up the capacity of the Iraqi security forces.

UN alarmed over executions

The United Nations says Iraq is carrying out executions at an "alarming" rate, often after judges ignored claims by defendants that they were subjected to torture to get them to confess.

The new U.N. report Sunday said Iraqi authorities have executed several hundred prisoners since restoring the death penalty in 2005, including 60 in the first nine months this year. It has another 1,724 awaiting execution.

The report said that judges have routinely convicted defendants and sentenced them to death based "solely, or substantially," on the weight of disputed confessions or the testimony of secret informants. Most defendants have not had legal representation.

The U.N. said under such circumstances death sentences carry "the risk of grievous and irreversible miscarriages of justice" if innocent people are executed for crimes they did not commit.

In Iraq, capital punishment applies to a variety of crimes, including acts of terrorism.

 

Boko Haram Suspected of Deadly Attacks in Nigeria

Boko Haram Suspected of Deadly Attacks in Nigeria

Immediately following reports of ceasefire and prisoner release, Boko Haram is believed to have struck again in 5 new attacks on villages.

Despite government claims of a c...

Hamas Rebuilding Tunnel Network: Admits Using Ceasefire to Repair Them

Hamas Rebuilding Tunnel Network: Admits Using Ceasefire to Repair Them

Signs Point To Hamas Preparing For Future Conflict

The leader of Al-Qassam Brigades, which is a part of Hamas, publicly admitted that Hamas is rebuilding its terror tunnel...

How a Jewish French Girl Joined ISIS, Tried to Blow up Parents

How a Jewish French Girl Joined ISIS, Tried to Blow up Parents

Center against Islamic cults reveals how girl from religious Jewish family turned to anti-Semitic Islamic extremist bent on jihad in Syria.

After it was revealed last Frid...

Bell Unveils the V280 Valor Tilt Rotor Aircraft at AUSA 2014

Bell Unveils the V280 Valor Tilt Rotor Aircraft at AUSA 2014

Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky Aircraft displayed at AUSA 2014 full size models of the future rotary wing platforms they are proposing for the US Army.

Bell unveiled here a ...

Campaign Against Islamic State Named 'Operation Inherent Resolve'

Campaign Against Islamic State Named 'Operation Inherent Resolve'

The war against the Islamic State now has a name: “Operation Inherent Resolve.”

That announcement by the Joint Staff comes almost 10 weeks after the US began airstrikes in...

The IDF’S Rolling Sword Squadron – Anytime, Anywhere

The IDF’S Rolling Sword Squadron – Anytime, Anywhere

Throughout their training, IDF infantry forces prepare for one moment: a ground operation. Simultaneously, one special squadron of the Israeli Air Force prepares for the ...

Israel Prepares For When Syrian Jihadis Turn Their Guns South

Israel Prepares For When Syrian Jihadis Turn Their Guns South

If you ask Israeli defense officials today about Islamic State (IS) and Al-Nusra Front members in Syria, and the risk they pose to Israel, expect one answer with two laye...

Who Are Your State’s Legislators Speaking Out Against?

Who Are Your State’s Legislators Speaking Out Against?

When circulated in both houses of the U.S. Congress, letters articulating the pro-Israel narrative on issues such as the Iranian nuclear threat and Hamas terrorism garner...

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