the messy battle to retake Mosul, reports are emerging of torture and executions, not just by Islamic State, but also by the US-backed Iraqi forces.
nesty International says men in police uniforms have killed civilians in cold blood, suspecting them of having ties to the jihadists.
Researchers from the rights group visited villages south of Mosul last month. They say they found evidence that people had beaten with cables and rifle butts before being shot dead. The government denies the accusation, and says Iraqi soldiers respect human rights and international law.>>
A mass grave uncovered in a town recaptured by the militants, inside some 150 decapitated bodies. Locals still trapped in Mosul say the IS fighters are putting crucified bodies on display, hanging them from electricity poles and traffic signals.>>
For two years, they say, they've been banned from going there. The Mosul operation has ended its fourth week now, but so far has gained just a small foothold in the city.>>