HAMMAM AL-ALIL, IRAQ — The bodies lay decomposing in the hot Iraqi sun, blindfolded with their hands bound behind their backs.
The only clue as to how these 11 men met their deaths, there at the side of the road 20 miles south of Mosul, was the bullet casings scattered next to their corpses.
Some The Daily Telegraph spoke to in the nearby town of Hammam al-Alil claim they were members of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Some say they were innocent boys who had been the victims of mob justice.
What is clear is they will never face trial to answer the accusations.
Six months after the town was liberated from ISIL by the Iraqi army, local tribal forces and residents who suffered at the hands of the jihadists during their brutal two-and-a-half-year reign have begun settling scores.
It started with the point-blank executions on the desert road. Then, in late May, …
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