Shi­ite mili­tias turn Khur­matu into real hell

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

It is prob­a­bly writ­ten in Kur­matu’s des­tiny to never be­hold quiet­ness and peace. While the smell of burn­ing and sound of ex­plo­sions of the Sunni groups have not ended yet, the Shi­ite armed men have started plant­ing bombs, killing and kid­nap­ping the civil­ian peo­ple.

There is no day pass­ing with­out ex­plo­sions; almost ev­ery day some­one is kid­napped or mur­dered. The Iraqi gov­ern­ment has closed the courts since six months ago; this has made the Shi­ite mili­tias to do what­ever they want to with­out any reprisals.

On De­cem­ber 24, a Sunni Turk­men was kid­napped by the so-called Shi­ite mili­tias near Khur­matu Po­lice Sta­tion, and later found killed some­where else in the town.

Two days later, which was Fri­day and this is re­garded as a sa­cred day, the Kho­rasan Shi­ite mili­tia kid­napped five Sunni Arab cit­i­zens in Askari Neigh­bor­hood.

The same day, some Shi­ite armed men stopped a truck that car­ried fuel and con­fis­cated 600,000 Iraqi Di­nars, the driver’s ID and the truck pa­per­work. Another truck with two pas­sen­gers was stopped in the same day and one of the pas­sen­gers was killed by un­known armed men.

A se­cu­rity source in Salahud­din re­vealed on Satur­day that a Kur­dish cleric was killed in Khur­matu dis­trict. The source said that the Imam, Saleh Ja­mal Taha, used to preach in Mul­lah Wa­hab Hus­sein mosque in the dis­trict.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, masked gun­men were trav­el­ing in a car opened fire on Mul­lah Saleh. Fol­low­ing the burial pro­ces­sion of Imam Salah mass protests en­sued. Peo­ple ac­cused armed Shi­ite mili­ti­a­men in the town of or­ches­trat­ing the killing.

This is not the first crime com­mit­ted by Shi­ite mili­tia groups against Kurds. Pre­vi­ously many oth­ers have been kid­napped and sev­eral houses have been de­stroyed by the groups.

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­ti­cal re­ports by the se­cu­rity forces of the town, over 700 peo­ple have been killed in Kur­matu, and many have been kid­napped and no one knows what has hap­pened to them.

Since the Is­lamic State mil­i­tants forced the Iraqi army to desert their po­si­tions in June 2014, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment moved Pesh­merga forces to fill the vac­uum. The Kur­dish forces have since con­trolled most of the “dis­puted ter­ri­to­ries”, in­clud­ing the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

Khur­matu, which is one of the dis­puted ar­eas be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad, is in­hab­ited by a mixed pop­u­la­tion of Kurds, Turk­men and Arabs. Now the town is un­der the con­trol of Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces. The lo­cals are fed up with all the vi­o­lence. They look for­ward to a more peace­ful ex­is­tence.

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