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The United Nations is calling on Iraqi authorities to conduct a public and independent investigation into the fate of hundreds of soldiers from the Speicher military base which was overrun by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on 12 June 2014.
The UN representative in Iraq Nikolai Mladenov says initial investigations suggest that a massacre was committed at the military base located near Tikrit in Salah al-Din governorate.
The UN mission in Iraq says the militant group has claimed to have executed some 1,700 captured soldiers and other military personnel from the base.
It further says photos and videos posted online by the group in the days immediately after the capture of the camp, depicted horrendous scenes of a large number of young men being herded onto trucks, transported to a remote location, and then forced to lay on the ground in rows, as ISIL fighters systematically and brutally killed them.
Mr. Mladenov says Iraqi authorities must do all they can to uncover the truth of what has happened to the soldiers, to locate and identify the remains of any who may have been killed, and to undertake all efforts to secure the release of any who may remain in captivity.
He adds that any person or group of persons responsible of these acts must be held accountable.
Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.