‘Iraqi forces’ tor­tured and killed vil­lagers near Mo­sul

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Men dressed in Iraqi fed­eral po­lice uni­forms are re­ported to have tor­tured and killed res­i­dents of vil­lages south of Mo­sul, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional says.

Ev­i­dence gath­ered by the group sug­gests up to six peo­ple from the Shura and Qay­yarah sub-dis­tricts were shot dead af­ter be­ing de­tained on sus­pi­cion of hav­ing ties to so-called Is­lamic State. The fed­eral po­lice forces com­mand has de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions. Pro-gov­ern­ment forces launched an of­fen­sive to re­take Mo­sul last month.

About 50,000 Iraqi se­cu­rity forces per­son­nel, sol­diers, po­lice, Kur­dish Pesh­merga fight­ers, Sunni Arab tribes­men and Shia mili­ti­a­men are in­volved in the three-week op­er­a­tion.

Yes­ter­day, troops were re­port­edly con­sol­i­dat­ing gains made in the eastern out­skirts of Mo­sul, which they en­tered nine days ago amid fierce re­sis­tance.

Amnesty re­searchers vis­ited the lo­ca­tions where the ex­tra­ju­di­cial ex­e­cu­tions are al­leged to have taken place as IS mil­i­tants re­treated, tak­ing with them hun­dreds of women, chil­dren and old men ap­par­ently for use as hu­man shields.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion they ob­tained, about 10 men and a 16-yearold boy who es­caped be­ing forcibly trans­ferred by IS were tor­tured af­ter hand­ing them­selves over to a small group of men wear­ing po­lice uni­forms in the Nus Tal area on 21 Oc­to­ber.

Shortly af­ter­wards, re­in­force­ments ar­rived and the men were taken on foot to an open desert area be­tween the town of Qay­yarah and the Shura area.

Fight­ers dressed in po­lice uni­forms al­legedly beat the group with ca­bles and ri­fle butts, punched and kicked them, and pulled their beards - in one case set­ting a man’s beard alight. They were also made to lie on their stom­achs and shots were fired be­tween their legs.

Three men were then sep­a­rated from the group. Amnesty said men in po­lice uni­forms then sub­jected them to par­tic­u­larly bru­tal beat­ings be­fore shoot­ing them dead. Their re­mains were found in the same area five days later.

The body of a fourth man, who was hand­cuffed and led away by a group of men in po­lice uni­forms af­ter be­ing beaten, was dis­cov­ered nearby al­most a week later, ac­cord­ing to Amnesty.

Also on 21 Oc­to­ber, another young man was found dead with two bul­let wounds shortly af­ter he left a house near the Mishraq sul­phur fac­tory, which IS fight­ers set alight be­fore re­treat­ing. He was blind­folded with his torso ex­posed.

Amnesty said the sixth man was ap­par­ently shot dead as he ran to­wards forces that in­cluded men in po­lice uni­form while pulling up his clothes to show that he had no ex­plo­sives.

“When the Mo­sul mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion be­gan, Prime Min­is­ter Haider alAbadi made clear that vi­o­la­tions by Iraqi armed forces and its al­lies would not be tol­er­ated. Now is the time for him to prove just that,” said Lynn Maalouf, deputy di­rec­tor for re­search at Amnesty’s Beirut of­fice.

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