Politically motivated raids and arrests continue to be the order of the day in Iraq, as more top Sunni Arab politicians have been captured by the Maliki government today, following growing complaints about the practice.
Yesterday it was revealed that Maliki’s government had arrested more than 1,000 political opponents in recent months, almost exclusively Sunni Arab members of the Iraqiya bloc, the largest political faction in Iraq. Many were victims of torture, and a number appear to have been aimed at extracting confessions implicating former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.
The arrests appear to be an extension of the tactic used by the Maliki government against Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who is currently in hiding in Kurdistan in the face of accusations by Maliki that he is a “terrorist.”
The increasing policy of targeting Sunni politicians has fueled even more anger among this bloc, with MP Salim al-Jubouri, the head of Iraq’s Human Rights Committee angrily condemning the arrests, noting that no comparable move against Shi’ite factions had been made.
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This is the wrong headline. The correct one is:Maleki's arresting the terrorists behind the recent bombings.
Yes, Nathan. The terrorist attacks that are Saudi/US/Israeli backed.
The Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi is hiding in Kurdistan because the Saudi's and the US CIA/MOSSAD hired him and his Sunni cabinet members to assassinate Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is Shiite. Kurdistan is a US -Israeli backed stronghold where they terrorise Turkey and Iran and organize cross border attack by Kurd in Turkey and Iran and the Jundallah terrorists in Iran that have carried out so many attacks in that country for IZZY and the CIA.
The US and Saudi's want his mouth shut now because the investigation will obviously expose the USual Suspects in when it comes to assissinations, puppet regimes and tryants, and assassinations, assassinations…assassiNATIONS!!!
The terrorist attack failed to kill the PM, and Hashemi can only hide out so long in Mossad infested Kudistan. He will be found and killed before he sqwuaks.
I see Jason Ditz blocks certain statements of fact in this bias article. And blocks comments that reveal the facts.
The Sunni’s appear to be the poor victims in this piece you wrote, when it was the Sunni’s who tried to assassinate Maliki who is shiite. Who are the victims of so many terrorist attacks lately? The motivation is fear that Maliki will join forces with Iran. Why don’t you explain the why’s instead of posting this rubbish for idiots. The US and Saudi’s were behind the Vice president Hashemi’s and his cabinet’s failed assassination attempt on Maliki in December and that is why members of his cabinet and other Sunni’s involved are being arrested. Do your research!!!
[moderator’s note: You don’t “see” Jason Ditz doing either one of those things. Or rather, if that’s what you’re “seeing,” you’re seeing things that aren’t real and may want to lay off the hallucinogens or whatever – TLK]
Relax your shfincter, TLK
Don't take is so personal.
I already said my SORRIE'S for my impatience.
Sorry, thanks for posting my comments! Please research what is behind these arrests the facts have already been laid out in many other articles and blogs.
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