Government Allies Are Said to Have Slaughtered Dozens of Sunnis in Iraq

(New York Times) Kareem Fahim - At least 72 people from a majority Sunni village of Barwanah in eastern Iraq were methodically singled out for slaughter last week by Shiite militiamen who were supporting Iraqi security forces, according to witnesses and local Sunni leaders. Some of the men were shot on their doorsteps, others were lined up, led to a field and killed there. The militiamen called out specific names of people they were seeking. In recent months, the new, Western-backed government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has sought to regain the trust of Iraqi Sunnis, but the government's conduct of the war has only deepened distrust in some Sunni areas.

2015-02-03 00:00:00

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