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THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ: HADITHA HEARING

Video shows killings of 14 Iraqi hostages

June 15, 2007|From the Associated Press

CAIRO — Insurgents in Iraq released a videotape Thursday showing the execution-style slayings of 14 Iraqi soldiers and policemen after the expiration of a 72-hour deadline for the Iraqi government to meet the militants' demands.

The group's demands included the release of all women held in Iraqi prisons.

The authenticity of the 1 1/2 -minute video could not be verified, but it was posted on a website commonly used by Islamic militants and bore the logo of the Islamic State of Iraq's media production wing, Furqan.

The killings took place in what looked like a rural area, with a grassy field and several tall eucalyptus trees. A small wooden shack stood in the background.

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