Nineveh MP urges U.S.-led coalition to locate 500 people kidnapped by IS

Displaced Iraqi civilians rescued at the site of battle rest at the positions of Iraqi forces at the Old City in Mosul, Iraq June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Baghdad ( An Iraqi parliament member has called upon the United States-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq to search the whereabouts of 500 people missing from the Nineveh province.

Jamila al-Ebeidi said in a statements that the missing individuals include former Iraqi army officers, pilots and doctor, and noted that they had been kidnapped by Islamic State militants.

Ebeidi said she had approached the government and security authorities to interference but to no avail.

An Iraqi, U.S.-backed military campaign launched in October 2016 to end Islamic State’s three-year occupation of Mosul concluded successfully early July. Throughout the battle, Islamic State executed civilians for collaborating with security forces or attempting to flee the group’s pockets, while others had been used as human shields against advancing troops, or forced out of homes to other holdouts outside the province. Iraqi troops and local authorities in Mosul have regularly run into mass graves of civilians and security agents executed by the militants.

The war in Mosul displaced more than 900.000 people, according to Iraqi government and United Nations figures.

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