Tuesday, April 29, 2008
A massacre that you will not see on CNN, perpetrated by the US-backed "Iraqi security forces" or, more accurately, Badr/SIIC/ Da'wa gangs in uniform and out of uniform (many of the armed gangs in the video are dressed in civilian clothes). The scene is reminiscent of images from the south during the 1991 uprising against Saddam's regime, proving that not much has really changed except the roles have been switched again, with American blessings. This took place in Suq al-Shiyukh, south east of Nasiriya, where residents said Iraqi special forces detained 58 suspected Sadrists, executed them and set them on fire after raiding the Sadrists' headquarters in town. The soldiers are heard spitting out obscenities at the wounded detainees and even at dead bodies. Others are seen dragging another injured detainee, kicking him violently and cursing him before throwing him on a pile of dead bodies. We hear shooting in the background as other detainees are dragged to join the pile. Those are the "security forces" that our American friends want us to trust and to condemn attacks targeting them. The talk of the town is that the Iraqi division commander's brother, a SIIC member, was killed a few days ago by suspected Mahdi Army militiamen, and that this was his revenge. The force surrounded the town and raided the local Sadr Bureau. Another episode in Iraq's bloody civil war and settling of accounts between warring militias.