Baghdad, Iraq. The US is no longer able to suppress that the Iraqi forces it has been using to retake Iraqi cities in battle with militants, are committing terrible war crimes wherever they go.
The Iraqi government has ordered an investigation into allegations that members of its Armed forces tortured, killed and raped civilians while fighting ISIS in Mosul.The news follows a report by the German newspaper, which published images captured by freelance photographer Ali Arkady who documented the atrocities.
Arkady was embedded with the army’s Emergency Response Division (ERD) and had hoped to capture their heroism while they fought the radical Islamists, but was instead capturing a darker reality of the campaign.
The photographers images show men hanging blindfolded from ceilings while his written account describes how soldiers and police forces competed to rape the most beautiful women they had kidnapped.
The Iraqi Interior Minister released a statement confirming the probe in response to the news reports. “The Interior Minister of Iraq has ordered investigators to conduct a clear and fair inquiry and to take legal measures against those who are negligent if the investigation proves so,” the statement announced.
An American, Turkish President Erdogan has demanded removal of-Brett McGurk, the US presidential envoy to the Coalition against Isis, also called for legal action to be taken in a statement released via Twitter.
“Iraqi forces have bravely placed civilian protection as a top priority throughout Mosul campaign, at great risk to their own personnel, Individuals or units failing to uphold that standard do a disservice to their sacrifice and must be investigated and held accountable.” McGurk said in feeble attempts to defend the war criminals his country finances.