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Iraq's Counterterrorism Court

Iraq is holding huge numbers of detainees on suspicion of ties to the Islamic State group — around 11,000, according to Iraqi officials — and they are being rushed through counterterrorism courts in trials that raise questions over whether justice is being done. At the same time, families are often left in the dark about where their loved ones are being detained or what their fates are.

In April, I and an Associated Press colleague attended several trials being held in Tel Keif, north of Mosul. You can read our story here.

This Sunni mother denies her son was an Islamic State militant as she waits outside closed court in vain. Thousands of Iraqis arrested on suspicion of ties to the Islamic State group are being rushed through trials that raise questions over whether justice is being done.
maya alleruzzo