Iraq conducted a mass execution in which eleven people were put to death. Ten of the individuals were Iraqi, but the last one was from Algeria. Another Iraqi was killed in an attack south of Baghdad. At least eight people were also wounded.
The Iraqi government announced it carried out the death penalty on 10 Iraqis and one Algerian, all found guilty on terrorism charges. That brings the 2012 total to 113 official executions. The dramatic increase since last year, when 68 were put to death, has brought international criticism, but Iraq claims it curbs terrorist and sectarian violence. Human right groups, on the other hand, have expressed unease with the judicial process and cite "forced confessions" as one of the main concerns. Several mass executions have taken place since last December, when U.S. troops officially exited the country.
A lieutenant and his two children were wounded on a road in Anbar province when a sticky bomb exploded.
Gunmen killed a Sahwa member as he left his home in Jurf al-Sakhar.
Police dismantled 13 bombs in Taji.
A suicide car bomber was arrested in Jbela.
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