U.S. condemns militants' claim of executing 1,700 Iraqi soldiers

June 15, 2014 11:30 PM

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The United States on Sunday condemned a militant group's claim of killing 1,700 Iraqi soldiers, a denouncement that came just a short time after officials said they were boosting security at the embassy in Baghdad and relocating some staff.

The claim by the Al Qaeda splinter group — the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS — that it had killed Shiite air force recruits in Tikrit en masse "is a horrifying and a true depiction of the bloodlust that these terrorists represent," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statemen...

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