Amnesty urges Iraq to account for 643 missing boys

On Thursday Amnesty International urged Iraq to reveal the whereabouts of 643 Sunni Muslim boys and men abducted five years ago by Shiite paramilitaries fighting the Daesh group.

The men and teenagers disappeared during an operation by the Hashed Al-Shaabi in June 2016 to retake Fallujah in the western desert from Daesh, which then held the country’s Sunni provinces.

The Hashed have since been integrated into Iraq’s state security forces.

Witnesses cited by Amnesty International said that on June 3 gunmen wearing Hashed uniforms “took an estimated 1,300 men and boys considered to be of fighting age away from their families.”