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Islamic State beheads two Iraqi officers

Baghdad, Feb 23: Islamic State jihadists beheaded two Iraqi Army officers in the Shia-majority city of Karbala and posted video footage of the killings online, news site Ara News reported. The officers, Abbas Yassin Hussein and Ali Al-Daraji, were publicly executed on Tuesday on charges of what IS called “the infidel and apostate government of Iraq”, according to Ara News. The Sunni extremist group also released a statement vowing to continue its fight against all US-backed forces throughout Iraq, Ara News said. Hussein and Daraji were captured near Karbala in southern Iraq during clashes earlier this week, Ara News said. (IANS)

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