Shi­ite mili­tia breaks its prom­ises to the Kurds

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In De­cem­ber a Kur­dish Is­lamic cleric was shot dead in Khur­ma­too town. His fu­neral cer­e­mony turned into a large demon­stra­tion of thou­sands of lo­cals against the Shi­ite mili­tia groups in the town, in­clud­ing Badr and Kho­rasani groups. Demon­stra­tors de­manded the mili­tias to leave the town, and the sus­pect of the as­sas­si­na­tion of the cleric be ar­rested.

Demon­stra­tors blocked the Kirkuk-Khur­ma­too main road and as a ve­hi­cle be­long­ing to the Shi­ite mil­i­tants ap­proached, clashes started and the ve­hi­cle was burned.

Fol­low­ing th­ese events, the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and of­fi­cials met with the com­man­ders of the Shi­ite mili­tia called Hashd Shaabi (The Popular Gath­er­ing), who are of Ira­nian ori­gin. The par­ties agreed that the Shi­ite gun­men do not en­ter the town with guns, and the po­lice and se­cu­rity forces con­trol the se­cu­rity of the town.

How­ever, the mili­tia broke their prom­ises very early and con­tin­ued to kid­nap and kill lo­cals as well as det­o­nat­ing and destroying houses of dis­placed fam­i­lies around Khur­ma­too.

Th­ese ac­tions have led to the death and in­jury of tens of civil­ians.

In a more re­cent in­ci­dent, Khanaqeen se­cu­rity forces ar­rested 16 Shi­ite gun­men from Kho­rasani Group on Jan­uary 6, 2015. The gun­men had two kid­napped peo­ple and were try­ing to take them to Jalawla to kill them, ac­cus­ing them of hav­ing links to the Is­lamic State (ISIS).

Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion the Shi­ite gun­men ad­mit­ted that they have been kid­nap­ping and killing peo­ple in Khur­ma­too. More­over, they ad­mit­ted that they have re­ceived a large amount of money in re­turn for free­ing one of the hostages.

Th­ese mem­bers of Kho­rasani Group, af­fil­i­ated to the Ira­nian Quds Army, are now un­der ar­rest in Suleimaniya and the hostages have been freed.

ON Thurs­day, Jan­uary 22nd, three civil­ians were shot dead in Khur­ma­too within six hours. Re­ports claim that the vic­tims were all Sunni IDPs from nearby vil­lages.

Sus­pects have re­port­edly used si­lent guns and un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles.

On the same day, Sha­lal Ab­dul, Mayor of Khur­ma­too is­sued an or­der to put a num­ber of se­cu­rity check­points in­side the town, and ar­rested two mo­tor­cy­clists from the Badr Army, led by Hadi al Ameri, ex- Iraqi trans­porta­tion min­is­ter. Later on, and as a re­sult of dis­cus­sions be­tween a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer and Badr Army base guards, shoot­ings hap­pen and se­cu­rity forces ar­rested three of the base guards, while the rest es­caped.

Ac­cord­ing to statis­tics avail­able at the Khur­ma­too Se­cu­rity, dur­ing the last three months of 2014, some 40 civil­ians have been kid­napped then found dead around Khur­ma­too.

Town’s se­cu­rity of­fi­cials say all of the 40 peo­ple were Sunni Arabs and Turk­men.

Early Septem­ber last year thou­sands of Shi­ite mil­i­tants within the Hashd Shaabi Forces, which was es­tab­lished to fight ISIS, re­lo­cated to Khur­ma­too. They are still based in­side and around the town and make trou­ble for the se­cu­rity forces and peo­ple of the area on a daily ba­sis. They are also re­ported to or­ches­trate vi­o­lence

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