Tribal leaders and Sunni politicians in the Diyala Province are complaining, in the wake of reports that the Iraqi government has ousted ISIS from the area, Shi’ite militias are carrying out massacres against Sunni tribesmen.
The officials say 70 Sunni civilians were killed in attacks by the Shi’ite militias as part of the three day “anti-ISIS offensive.” Complaints of such massacres have been common where Shi’ite militias have taken Sunni towns.
The Iraqi Interior Ministry, however, accused the tribal leaders of lying, saying the claims are part of an ISIS plot to discredit the Shi’ite militias. They also claimed reports of large numbers of homes being leveled by troops were actually the result of ISIS planting bombs designed to discredit them.
Since a call to arms by Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the Shi’ite militias have been virtually above the law in Iraq, carrying out attacks on Sunni civilians they accuse of being “ISIS sympathizers” at will, and likely turning many of the tribes into ISIS sympathizers.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Syria Warns They'll Fight Jihadists If They Reject Idlib Deal - October 15th, 2018
- Scores of Taliban Killed in Afghanistan Fighting - October 15th, 2018
- Afghan High Peace Council Says Talk of US Troop Withdrawal Is Premature - October 15th, 2018
- US Companies Back Out of Saudi Events as Tensions Mount - October 15th, 2018
- Saudi Embassy in DC Cancels Annual Diplomatic Reception - October 15th, 2018