Amnesty To Probe Rights Abuses in Iraq; 76 Killed

Amnesty International is investigating reports of serious human rights violations allegedly perpetrated by Shi’ite militiamen during the course of liberating Tikrit and nearby towns and villages. Among the crimes reported are the disappearances of civilians, looting, and the destruction of homes and businesses. Also, a senior Badr official crowed to reporters that all prisoners were executed. These are the same accusations that have followed the militias as they retook other Sunni territories from the Islamic State militants.

Security forces are finding more buried bodies in the Tikrit area. Near one mass grave, they discovered dozens of identification cards that matched the names of soldiers killed in last summer’s massacre at Camp Speicher. The number of bodies in the graves has not been released, but as many as 1,700 servicemembers were killed.

It is unclear how successful the operation in Tikrit has been. Tours of the city have been canceled, and reporters are not allowed to wander by themselves. Also, many of the militiamen believe that the U.S. military has been ineffectual in the operation and even helping the militants.

Kurdish officials revealed that about 1,500 Peshmerga members have been killed in the war against the Islamic State militants. Over 5,000 were wounded.

At least 76 were killed and 67 more were wounded in recent violence.

In Baghdad, a car bomb killed five people and wounded 17 more. A militant leader was killed in an airstrike. A dead body was found.

Shelling in Falluja killed a woman and child, while also wounding four other civilians.

In Zagarit, militants killed six soldiers and wounded 11 more when they captured a bridge.

Militants killed four militiamen and wounded 12 more at a checkpoint near Samarra.

Gunmen in Taji killed a civilian.

Three militiamen were wounded during a mortar attack in Ishaqi.

Airstrikes killed 17 militants in Hawija wounded 18 more.

In Ramadi, 11 militants were killed.

Security forces killed nine militants in Alam.

Six militants were killed in an airstrike in Mazra’a.

Clashes left six militants dead and two wounded in Sinjar.

A militant leader and three bodyguards were killed in Baaj.

In Tikrit, three militant leaders were killed.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has
been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.