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Iraqi troops fired at positions held by the Islamic State group in and around the northern city of Mosul on Thursday but did not advance as they regrouped and cleared neighborhoods once occupied by the ...




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Iraq forces accused of torturing civilians near Mosul
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 - Iraqi government forces killed and tortured civilians south of Mosul, rights groups said yesterday, the first such reports of alleged abuse in a US-backed campaign to retake the city from the Islamic State group.
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Amnesty International said “up to six” people were found dead last month in the Shura and Qayyara sub-districts, who security forces suspected of ties to the militant group which seized a third of Iraqi territory in 2014. “Men in federal police uniform have carried out multiple unlawful killings, apprehending and then deliberately killing in cold blood residents in villages south of Mosul,” Amnesty International Beirut office deputy director for research Lynn Maalouf said. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said at least 37 men suspected of being affiliated with the Islamic State group had been detained by Iraqi and Kurdish forces at checkpoints and in villages, screening centers and camps for displaced people near Mosul and Hawija, further south.

Relatives said they did not know where most of the men were being held and had not been able to contact any of them while they were in detention, the report said. HRW warned that such conduct “significantly increases the risk of other violations,” including torture. An Iraqi Ministry of the Interior spokesman denied there had been any violations and said Iraqi forces respect human rights and international law. A spokesman for the Iraqi federal police could not be reached for comment.

A spokesman for the Kurdish regional government denied the HRW report, saying any delays in informing families was due to limited resources. “Nobody has been kept in unknown facilities. They are kept in identified facilities,” Dindar Zebari said. The Mosul operation, involving a 100,000-strong alliance of troops, security forces, Kurdish Peshmerga and Shiite Muslim militias and backed by US-led airstrikes, has entered its fourth week, but has so far gained just a small foothold in the city.

Amnesty International’s report described several incidents in the week commencing Oct. 20 in which separate groups of men were beaten with cables and rifle butts, before being shot to death. In one case, a man’s head had been severed from his body, it said. Amnesty said that, without accountability, the alleged abuses risked being repeated in other towns and villages as the Mosul offensive continues.

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Iraqi police reject Amnesty report of killings, torture
Nov. 10, 2016 -- Amnesty International has accused "fighters wearing Iraqi Federal Police uniforms" of torture and extrajudicial killings.
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The human rights group said it "crucial" for Iraqi authorities to investigate incidents in villages west and south of Mosul in which up to six people were "extrajudicially executed in late October, apparently due to suspicions they had ties to" the Islamic State. Amnesty International did not directly accuse Iraqi Federal Police of the extrajudicial killings and torture in Mosul's al-Shura and al-Qayyara sub-districts -- identifying the accused repeatedly as "men wearing Federal Police uniforms" -- but has a called on authorities in Iraq to carry out "prompt, thorough, impartial and independent investigations."


The allegations were made after Iraqi security forces, with the aid of the Kurdish Peshmerga, Shiite militias and a U.S.-led international coalition, began an offensive to re-capture Mosul from the Islamic State. "Men in Federal Police uniform have carried out multiple unlawful killings, apprehending and then deliberately killing in cold blood residents in villages south of Mosul. In some cases the residents were tortured before they were shot dead execution-style," Lynn Maalouf, deputy director for research at Amnesty International's Beirut Regional Office, said in a statement released Thursday. "Deliberately killing captives and other defenseless individuals is prohibited by international humanitarian law and is a war crime ... Without effective measures to suppress and punish serious violations, there is a real risk that we could see war crimes of this kind repeated in other Iraqi villages and towns during the Mosul offensive."

Through a statement on Facebook, Iraqi federal police on Thursday dismissed the human rights group's report, Rudaw reports. "The Iraqi federal police rejects a report by Amnesty International on our forces having committed crimes against a number of civilians in the region of Shura or elsewhere," the statement said. "The federal police command stresses its full commitment to the instructions of the commander in chief and the joint command on values and principles of humanity in protecting civilians and their properties and affording them all assistance during the operations of liberation south of Mosul."

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