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Hostages at IS Compound Were Facing Execution, Carter Says

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that the hostages at an Islamic State compound in Iraq were facing imminent execution prior to Thursday's U.S.-Kurdish joint raid that freed them. At a news conference, Carter said a grave had been prepared for the hostages at the site, which he described as an "execution center." The daring raid at an Islamic State compound in Hawijah, west of Kirkuk, freed about 70 hostages, including at least 22 members of the Iraqi...

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