Iraqi security recover bodies of two men executed by Islamic State in Nineveh

Civil defense forces carry the bodies of two men found dead inside a house at al-Qadsiah district in Tal Afar

Nineveh ( – Iraqi civil defense forces recovered on Monday bodies of two civilians executed by Islamic State militants in Tal Afar city in Nineveh.

“The bodies of the two men were found inside a house at al-Qadsiah district in Tal Afar,” Baghdad Today news website quoted the Civil Defense Directorate as saying in a press statement.

“The corpses were handed over to the competent authorities for legal action,” added the statement.

Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced in August 2017 that Nineveh province was fully liberated from Islamic State after the district of Tal Afar was recaptured.

The announcement came after the defeat of the jihadist group in the town of Ayadiya, where the militants had fled to from Tal Afar.

Islamic State militants seized control of much of Nineveh, including the provincial capital of Mosul, in June 2014.

The Iraqi government launched an operation to retake Tal Afar in August 2017, involving some 50,000 personnel from the army, air force, federal police, special forces and the Shia Muslim-led paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces.

Islamic State, however, continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops.

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