Shi'ite fighters and military vehicles are seen during a military operation to retake positions held by Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province, north of Baghdad January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Accounts by five witnesses interviewed separately by Reuters provide a picture of alleged executions in the eastern village of Barwanah on Monday, which residents and provincial officials say left at least 72 unarmed Iraqis dead.The witnesses identified the killers as a collection of Shi'ite militias and security force elements. Monday's alleged massacre followed a three-day offensive in which Shi'ite militias and Iraqi security forces captured two dozen villages from Islamic State near the town of Muqdadiya in Diyala province.Abu Omar, a businessman displaced from Sinsil, was at home in Barwanah on Monday around 3:30pm when about 10 Humvees arrived carrying a few dozen men.The men were led a few hundred yards to a field where Abu Omar said more than a hundred others had been gathered.Other witnesses told Reuters that soldiers stood by helplessly, some crying, as the militias executed civilians.Abu Omar, the businessman, returned home after the fighters withdrew, and was reunited with his sons.
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