Suspected Daesh members sit inside a small room in a prison south of Mosul.
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For one Iraqi lieutenant, the fight against Daesh (ISIS) in Mosul has been a slow, methodical quest for revenge. For three years, he has hunted for two Daesh militants from his village who he believes killed his father. That sort of thirst for vengeance in the wake of military victories is fueling extrajudicial killings of suspected Daesh members at the hands of Iraqi security forces in and around Mosul. Videos that emerged last week showed troops in Mosul taking captured Daesh suspects and throwing them one by one off a high wall next to the Tigris River, then shooting their bodies below. A senior Iraqi officer said his troops regularly killed men who were said to be Daesh among civilians fleeing the city at screening centers in and around Mosul.After Daesh seized the village in 2014, the tribes that were once kicked out for Al-Qaeda ties moved back in, and Daesh installed them in security and administrative positions.According to the lieutenant, two men grabbed the lieutenant's father outside his home. As Iraqi forces advanced toward the lieutenant's village last year in the lead-up to Mosul, he began interrogating captured Daesh suspects.In early July, as Iraqi forces pushed into Mosul's Old City, he received a tip on the location of the second man.
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