Saturday, 18 October 2014

Militia Rule in Mesopotamia

A more disturbing reflection of same trend as the current fashion of the media of blaming "all looting" on ISIL, when clearly other groups have been and are involved (Tracey Shelton, 'Think the Islamic State is bad? Check out the 'good guys'...', Global Post October 17, 2014). 
US-backed Iraqi forces and their band of ruthless Shia militia groups have been carrying out atrocities of their own against Sunni civilians.[....]  “Atrocities are being committed on both sides [by government-backed Shia militias and IS],” said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International's senior crisis response adviser. “The crimes being committed by Shia militias throughout Iraq amount to war crimes. These are not one-off cases. They are systematic and widespread.”[...]  This calls into question the accountability of governments who form the US-led international coalition currently supporting Iraqi troops fighting IS, who have so far failed to pressure the Iraqi government to crack down on militia violence. President Barack Obama's four-point strategy for fighting the Islamic State, which he detailed in September just after Iraq swore in a new government, acknowledged threats posed to Sunnis by the terror group but not by Shia militias. 
See the Amnesty International report "Absolute Impunity: Militia rule in Iraq".

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