Report: Iraqi Forces Turned on Nearby Villages after Military Victory

(Washington Post) Missy Ryan - Shiite militias and Iraqi government forces burned and looted dozens of villages, abducting at least 11 local residents, in the wake of a U.S.-supported operation against the Islamic State last year, Human Rights Watch has charged in a new report. It said that after U.S. airstrikes helped pro-government fighters break the siege of Amerli late last summer, they left a wake of destruction across at least 30 nearby Sunni villages in a manner that was "methodical and driven by revenge." U.S. officials have cited the operation to break the siege of Amerli, where thousands of Shiite Turkmens were stranded without food or water, as one of the most important victories thus far in the international campaign against the Islamic State.

2015-03-19 00:00:00

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