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2014 Speicher massacre
Part of Northern Iraq offensive (June 2014)
Location Tikrit, Salah ad Din, Iraq
Date 12–15 June 2014
Target Iraqi Air force cadets
Attack type
Mass murder, Terrorism
Deaths 1,566[1]
Suspected perpetrator
 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Defender  Iraq

On 12 June 2014, the Islamic State killed at least 1,566[2] Iraqi Air Force cadets in an attack on Camp Speicher in Tikrit. At the time of the attack there were between 4000 and 11000 unarmed cadets in the camp.[3] The Iraqi government blamed the massacre on both ISIS and members from the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party – Iraq Region.[4]

The attack[]

An Iraqi politician, Mish'an al-Jubori, stated "Some of the head officers of the camp ordered the cadets to have a rest for 15 days and to go to their families, with civil clothes.[5] While they were walking in the high road looking for a bus to take them near Baghdad. Being drove by the son Sabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti, Saddam Hussein's brother, two buses stopped near them with 10 armed men in it. They told them that they were from the tribes of Tikrit, and told them to follow them until they find buses to get them to Baghdad.[5] Instead, several buses with ISIS members in it kidnapped them to Al-Qusour Al-Re'asiya region (The Presidential Palaces), where they committed the massacre."[5] Several survivors assured that their head officers in the camp forced them to leave it.[3][6]

Peter Bouckaert, the Human Rights emergencies director, stated "The photos and satellite images from Tikrit provide strong evidence of a horrible war crime that needs further investigation. They and other abusive forces should know that the eyes of Iraqis and the world are watching"[7] The HRW also said that ISIS posted on their websites many videos and photographs showing how they beheaded, shot, choked the victims while they celebrated.[7]

The photos show masked ISIS fighters tying up the cadets and loading them up on trucks, with other photos showing ISIS fighters executing dozens of the cadets, while they're laying down. Some cadets faked their death, covering themselves up with blood and laying down, to escape at night, just as survivor Ali Hussein Kadhim did who told his story to the New York Times.[8]


The Iraqi government revealed that 57 members of Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party – Iraq Region were a part of the massacre.[9] Although pictures showed that every armed man was from ISIS, The government stated "Without any doubts and suspicion, all of these criminals are from the banned Ba'ath Party."[4] The minister of defence, Sa'dun al-Dulaimi, stated that the massacre wasn't a sectarian violence.[10] although, The spokesman of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Qasim Atta, stated that there are almost 11,000 cadets and soldiers missing from Camp Speicher, he also stated that thousands were executed in near the Presidential Palaces, al-Bu Agail region and the Badoush prison by sectarian violence.[11]

On 2 September, more than 100 members of the families of the killed and missing cadets and soldiers broke into the Iraqi Parliament and hit three of the security guards.[12] After a day, a session started in the parliament with the attendance of representatives of the families and Sa'dun al-Dulaimi, along with other military officials to discuss the massacre.[13]

On 16 September, the Kurdish Asayish arrested 4 people suspected to be involved in the massacre in southern Kirkuk.[14] An unnamed security source stated "The operation was executed by relying on intelligence information to arrest them."[15]

On 18 September, the Iraqi Human Rights ministry stated that as of 17 September, the total of the missing soldiers and cadets was 1095,[16] denying the most popular number of 1700 soldiers having been killed. The ministry added "The ministry relied in its statistics on spreading forms on the families of the missing people in Baghdad and the other Provinces within its quest to document the crimes and violations that the terrorist group of the Islamic State is committing towards our people."[17] The Iraqi government ordered to specialize $8,600 (that is, 10,000,000 IQD) for the families of the missing cadets.[17]


  1. احصائية رسمية: 1997 العدد الكلي لمفقودي مجزرتي سبايكر وبادوش
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Survivors from the Speicher massacre: We were 4000 unarmed soldiers fell into the hands of ISIS" (in Arabic). Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "ISIS, Saddam's men or a third party who killed 1700 soldiers in camp Speicher in Iraq?" (in Arabic). Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Speicher massacre, cousins of Saddam started it and ISIS finished it" (in Arabic). Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  6. "Survivor from Speicher reveals details about the massacre" (in Arabic). Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "‘ISIS commits mass murder, advertises it’: Iraq executions detailed". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  8. "The Rare Eyewitness Account of One of the Few Survivors of an Islamic State Massacre". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  9. "New Secrets are revealed about the Speicher massacre in Iraq" (in Arabic). Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  10. "Sa'dun al-Dulaimi says that the ones who committed the massacre weren't sectarians" (in Arabic). Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  11. "Qassim Atta: 11,000 missing men from camp Speicher" (in Arabic). Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  12. "The families of the missing people of camp Speicher break into the parliament" (in Arabic). Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  13. "An emergency parliament session to discuss the Speicher massacre" (in Arabic). Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  14. "4 suspected in the massacre of Speicher are arrested" (in Arabic). Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  15. "Arresting 4 suspected to be involved in the crime of Speicher in southern Kirkuk" (in Arabic). Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  16. "1095 soldiers still missing since the Speicher massacre by ISIS" (in Arabic). Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Ministry of Human Rights: The number of the missing people of Camp Speicher reached 1095" (in Arabic). Retrieved 19 September 2014. 

Coordinates: 34°36′09″N 43°41′00″E / 34.6025°N 43.6833°E / 34.6025; 43.6833

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