In this photo released on Sunday, June 28, 2015, by a website of ISIS militants, an ISIS militant waves his group's flag as he and another celebrate in Fallujah, Iraq, west of Baghdad. (Militant website via AP)
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An Iraqi court Wednesday sentenced 24 men to hang over the June 2014 massacre by jihadis and allied militants of hundreds of mostly Shiite military recruits in Tikrit.The central criminal court in Baghdad handed 24 of 28 defendants the maximum sentence over the "Speicher" massacre, named after the base from which the victims were captured before being executed.Around 600 bodies of victims have been exhumed from burial sites in the Tikrit area. Footage released by ISIS last year shows some of the captured recruits were shot and pushed into the Tigris river.The defendants were brought into the courtroom blindfolded, handcuffed and chained by their feet.The judge showed one defendant a grainy printout of a grab from the video footage of the massacre.
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