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Iraq executes 21 men convicted of terrorism

BAGHDAD — Iraq has executed 21 prisoners convicted on terrorism charges and links to Al Qaeda, the Justice Ministry said Wednesday, setting off fresh criticism from a human rights expert over Baghdad’s insistence on enforcing capital punishment.

The prisoners were executed by hanging in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, according to a statement posted on the ministry’s website. All the convicts were Iraqi Al Qaeda operatives who were involved in bombings, car bomb attacks, and assassinations, it said.

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