Iraqi government forces hold a large version of their national flag as they flash the sign for victory during their graduation ceremony in the Jurf al-Sakher area, some 50 kilometres south of Baghdad on April 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI
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The Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters has left Iraq after he was threatened on Facebook and denounced by a Shiite paramilitary group's satellite news channel in reaction to a Reuters report last week that detailed lynching and looting in the city of Tikrit.The threats against journalist Ned Parker began on an Iraqi Facebook page run by a group that calls itself "the Hammer" and is believed by an Iraqi security source to be linked to armed Shiite groups. The segment accused the reporter and Reuters of denigrating Iraq and its government-backed forces, and called on viewers to demand Parker be expelled.Two Reuters journalists in the city witnessed the lynching of an ISIS fighter by Iraqi federal police.
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