In this Oct. 3, 2017 file photo, a blindfolded suspected Islamic State militant stands against a wall at a Kurdish screening center in Dibis, Iraq.(AP Photo/Bram Janssen, File)
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Iraq has detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of connections to Daesh (ISIS) or other terror-related offenses, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death, according to an analysis by the Associated Press.The AP count is based partially on an analysis of a spreadsheet listing all 27,849 people imprisoned in Iraq as of late January, provided by an official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Since 2014, about 250 executions of convicted Daesh members have been carried out, according to the Baghdad-based intelligence official.The rising number of those detained and imprisoned reflects the more than four-year fight against Daesh, which first formed in 2013 and conquered nearly a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria the next year.Throughout the fighting, Iraq has pushed thousands of Daesh suspects through trials in counterterrorism courts.The vast majority were convicted under Iraq's Terrorism Law, which has been criticized as overly broad. The head of the International Red Cross, an organization that regularly visits prison and detention facilities in Iraq, warned that mass detentions often incite future cycles of violence.
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