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IS massacre leaves families of victims stunned

The families of 1,700 military cadets slaughtered at Camp Speicher on June 11 have received little or no attention from Iraqi authorities.
Shi'ite volunteers from the Mehdi Army loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, patrol in vehicles, as smoke rises from clashes with Islamic State fighters, on the outskirts of Tikrit, July 20, 2014. Iraqi troops and Shi'ite militants patrolled areas of Tikrit as they launched an assault to retake the city currently held by Islamic State fighters.  REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY) - RTR3ZG0I
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BABIL, Iraq — Hantoush Shaker, from Babil governorate (100 kilometers, or 62 miles, south of Baghdad) has not abandoned hope for the return of his 20-year-old son Saeed, who went missing after the massacre of military cadets at Camp Speicher. On June 11, armed groups, led by members of the Islamic State (IS) attacked the city of Tikrit, the hub of Salahuddin province, and claimed to have killed around 1,700 cadets at the province's air base, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad.

Nevertheless, Shaker is desperate to find his son alive, so he sought to meet with officials in the Ministry of Defense in the Green Zone in Baghdad.

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