Prosecute the torture.

November 29, 2005

This Is What We're Fighting For

From the New York Times:

Sunnis Accuse Iraqi Military of Kidnappings and Slayings

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 28 - As the American military pushes the largely Shiite Iraqi security services into a larger role in combating the insurgency, evidence has begun to mount suggesting that the Iraqi forces are carrying out executions in predominantly Sunni neighborhoods.

Hundreds of accounts of killings and abductions have emerged in recent weeks, most of them brought forward by Sunni civilians, who claim that their relatives have been taken away by Iraqi men in uniform without warrant or explanation.

Some Sunni men have been found dead in ditches and fields, with bullet holes in their temples, acid burns on their skin, and holes in their bodies apparently made by electric drills. Many have simply vanished.

Some of the young men have turned up alive in prison. In a secret bunker discovered earlier this month in an Interior Ministry building in Baghdad, American and Iraqi officials acknowledged that some of the mostly Sunni inmates appeared to have been tortured.

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Ayad Allawi, a prominent Iraqi politician who is close to the Sunni community, charged in an interview published Sunday in The London Observer that the Iraqi government - and the Ministry of Interior in particular - was condoning torture and running death squads.

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One Sunni group taking testimony from families in Baghdad said it had documented the death or disappearance of 700 Sunni civilians in the past four months.

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"There is no question that bodies are turning up," said the investigator, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity, citing safety concerns. "Quite a few have been handcuffed and shot in the back of the head."

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In one Sunni neighborhood, Sababkar, residents said the Iraqi Army surrounded the neighborhood and took away 11 of its Sunni men in July. Most of the bodies were found the next day; television stations here showed pictures of bodies that had been burned with acid and drilled with holes by electric drills. Most of the men had been shot in their temples.

But I'm sure that putting Saddam on trial will stop this sort of thing.

2 comments:

Synergy-synthesis said...

Essentially the same story was carried by Knight Ridder, The LA Times (which acknowledged assistance from the NY Times), and a CBS/AP story as well. The KRT and LA Times stories were linked at the Iraq Coaliton Casualty Count website (one link said NYTimes but was actually to an LA Times story). The KRT link had a disturbing photo of a corpse in the morgue with his hands still handcuffed behind his back. Here is the URL of the Iraq Coalition Casulaty Count website:

http://icasualties.org/oif/

Alicia said...

Who knew we were such good ambassadors of the American way of life?