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Yazidi minority in Iraq facing catastrophe

Yazidi minority in Iraq facing catastrophe | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

ISIS has brutalized members of minority religions in Iraq, but we might be only days away from witnessing one of the largest humanitarian tragedies in the history of modern Iraq. ....

 

Make no mistake, the Yazidi are being slaughtered. Around 500 men and 40 children have been killed. But it gets worse than even that.  

 “Our women are being used as concubines and sold in the markets,” Dakheel said. “Please save us. Save us.”

 If these poor people can't get off this mountain, and soon, then we could be looking at a tragedy of biblical proportion.

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Iraq Finds Mass Grave in Kurdistan..... #Chemicalweapons

Iraq Finds Mass Grave in Kurdistan..... #Chemicalweapons | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The al-Anfal Campaign also known as the Kurdish Genocide, Operation Anfal or simply Anfal, was a genocidal campaign against the Kurdish people (and other non-Arab populations) in Northern Iraq, led by Baathist Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and headed by Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, in the final days of Iran-Iraq War (1980-88).

The campaign started in 1986 and culminated in 1988.

In all nine Anfals were conducted, ending on August 26, 1988. On September 6, 1988 the government declared a general "amnesty" for Kurds, although many continued to be held - and die - in the camps and prisons.

Human Rights Watch said 2,000 villages were destroyed, as well as dozens of towns and administrative centers, including Qala Dizeh which had had 70,000 residents.

Majid and two other former top Baath officials were sentenced to death for their part in the campaign on 24 June 2007, nearly six months after Saddam's execution for other crimes. Two other officials received life sentences.

In the context of the campaign, Iraq became the first government to use chemical weapons against its own people.

It dropped mustard gas and sarin on rebel areas, with heavy loss of civilian life, as early as April 1987 - according to Human Rights Watch.....

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...and America was allied with Saddam Hussein and supported his actions the entire time.......   Total lies and hypocrisy now in Syria!

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10 Years After the Invasion: America Destroyed Iraq But Our War Crimes Remain Unacknowledged and Unpunished

10 Years After the Invasion: America Destroyed Iraq But Our War Crimes Remain Unacknowledged and Unpunished | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The evil unleashed on the people of Iraq has been painstakingly obscured behind a tapestry of lies.
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Haul these (3) before the ICC on charges of Crimes Against Humanity!

 

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Iraqi Forces Involvement in Camp Liberty Attack Confirmed

Iraqi Forces Involvement in Camp Liberty Attack Confirmed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Deadly Attack on Camp Liberty

The initial investigation into deadly attack on Camp Liberty on 9th of February confirms that Iraqi security systems were involved in the attack which left 7 dead and over a 100 injured, an Iraqi website reported.

 

Voice of Iraq radio quoted a member of the Investigation Committee in the Iraqi Parliament on Sunday (February 17) on the condition of anonymity that: "The investigation includes commanders of the military forces responsible for the security of the region where camp Liberty is located."

He confirmed that members of the Iraqi National Coalition (the coalition forming the Iraqi government of Nouri Al-Maliki) is preventing the investigation on the attack and have a tendency to put the blame on the terrorists."

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"The Iraqi National Coalition tried to put the blame on so called Mokhtar Army, but other committee members reject the idea and consider the Iraqi Security systems is responsible."

Colonel Wesley Martin, chief anti-terrorism officer in Iraq, in his speech at a conference in Paris on the 11th of February stated:

Rocket Attack a Professional Military Operation

 

"Please allow me also to speak not only as a former camp commander of Ashraf but as the first anti-terrorism officer for all coalition forces in Iraq.

This rocket attack was a professional military operation. It could not have been done by a militia or a rogue element. To land scores of rockets in such a small location requires reconnaissance, ground surveys and a lot of practice. This was a Quds force operation working with the Maliki government.

Now we have Kobler asking Maliki to investigate the event. That equates to asking Adolf Hitler to investigate the Holocaust."

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American soldier comments on the Iraq war: "I killed innocent people"

 What this soldier, what the Iraqi nation, went through was horrid!  I hope America will make a committment to NEVER do this again!  

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZO0QJ8_MN8&feature=channel_page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVbvEqtrvv0&feature=channel_page...

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World needs to act on Camp Ashraf

The 3,400 men and women residents in Camp Ashraf were there when the U.S.-led coalition forces invaded Iraq in 2003. They stayed completely neutral. After the downfall of the Saddam Hussein government, they were protected by U.S. forces in return for voluntarily accepting complete disarmament.

The United States designated them as protected persons under the Geneva Conventions. Every one of the residents received written assurance by a U.S. official that they would be protected until their final disposition. The United States gave them its word.

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Iraq's refusal to allow UNHCR refugee status determination of the residents leaves no doubt that it has no intention of resolving this crisis peacefully and is planning to carry out the mullahs' demand that Ashraf be demolished and its residents annihilated -- because Tehran knows full well that they represent its democratic and viable opposition.

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Global aid report concludes that 59 percent of Iraq’s widows lost husbands in war after Saddam

Global aid report concludes that 59 percent of Iraq’s widows lost husbands in war after Saddam | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
BAGHDAD — A study released Sunday by a global humanitarian aid organization concluded that three out of every five widows in Iraq lost their husbands in the years of violence that followed the 2003 invasion.

 

[Further evidence that GW Bush and Dick Cheney aren't just war criminals, they are the World's most prolific terrorists.  All of these deaths, and the deaths of the Americans on Iraqi soil, are on their hands]

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Leaked cable: Ex-Blackwater guards kept working in Iraq | The Raw Story

Leaked cable: Ex-Blackwater guards kept working in Iraq | The Raw Story | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Iraq announced in January 2009 that it would not renew Blackwater's operating licence due to a September 16, 2007 incident in which guards protecting a US diplomatic convoy opened fire in Baghdad's busy Nisur Square, killing at least 14 civilians.

After that announcement, the US State Department did not renew its contract with Blackwater, which has renamed itself Xe, for security services in Iraq.

But US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks confirm that ex-Blackwater employees kept working in Iraq with other security firms.

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Admiral Mullen: Iraq Needs to Decide on Troop Withdrawal

Admiral Mullen: Iraq Needs to Decide on Troop Withdrawal | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Joint Chiefs of Staff head Admiral Mike Mullen told reporters before arriving in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Monday that Iraq's indecision is pushing the U.S. to a point where it will be difficult to alter its draw-down plan.


Choose: Soveriegnty or America's 51st State!
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US Zerocracy in IRAQ: Iraq's Secret War Files : What really happened in Iraq

US Zerocracy in IRAQ: Iraq's Secret War Files : What really happened in Iraq | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
US Zerocracy in Iraq
Free Iraqis Who Refuse American Occupation. Our Aim Is to Expose The Wonders of American Zerocracy in Iraq .
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A little ditty 'bout Iraq and Iran | Camp Ashraf

A little ditty 'bout Iraq and Iran | Camp Ashraf | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Though a large number of exiles now in power in Baghad have strong ties to Iran, it’s equally true that the Iraqi people as a whole are more likely to remember the Iran-Iraq War — especially those taught about it in school — of the eighties. As Iraqis are killed and displaced while Iran violates Iraq’s sovereignty in its pursuit of PJAK, don’t be surprised if Nouri’s image collapses even more. All he really had going for him was the (false) claim that he could provide security. As the last months have demonstrated, he can’t provide it internally and he’s now allowing Iraq to be invaded by another country.
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Iraqi government must respect and protect rights of Camp Ashraf residents

Iraqi government must respect and protect rights of Camp Ashraf residents | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Amnesty International - Iraqi government must respect and protect rights of Camp Ashraf residents...
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Turkey remains indifferent to latest PKK kidnapping incident

Turkey remains indifferent to latest PKK kidnapping incident | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Although it has been nearly a week since the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) kidnapped two soldiers and a health official in a rural area in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, the incident has not gotten much attention in Turkey, both...
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Human Rights Watch confirms reports of mass executions in Iraq | News | DW.DE | 27.06.2014

Human Rights Watch confirms reports of mass executions in Iraq | News | DW.DE | 27.06.2014 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The US-based group Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday demanded "further" investigation be conducted into alleged executions of captured soldiers at Tikrit in northern Iraq. Evidence pointed to a "war crime," it said.

In mid-June militants of the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) posted photos online after its fighters overran the cities of Mosul and Tikrit, which was once the bastion of the late longtime dictator Saddam Hussein.

HRW said its analysis "strongly indicates" that the ISIS conducted "mass executions" at two locations in Tikrit between June 11 and June 14.

Imagery of two trenches filled with bodies matched landmarks in ISIS photos, it said.

Toll could be 'much higher'

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Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran - By Shane Harris and Matthew M. Aid

Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran - By Shane Harris and Matthew M. Aid | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Pay to access, but still good sourcing and news....

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Kurds free Turkish captives in northern Iraq

Kurds  free Turkish captives in northern Iraq | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

SARGALI, Iraq (Reuters) - Turkish Kurd militants freed a group of Turkish soldiers and officials they had held in the mountains of northern Iraq for more than a year on Wednesday, the first concrete step in efforts to end their 28-year-old insurgency....

This operation is proof that we don't want war."

The release is an initial confidence-building measure in what is shaping up to be the most comprehensive effort yet to end Turkey's three-decade war with the PKK, a conflict which has killed more than 40,000 people.....

"We need to end the fighting and live like brothers. The Turkish government must make a step towards peace," said Adil Kurt, a pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) member of parliament among the Turkish delegation....

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Turkey treating Iraqi Kurdistan 'as independent'

Turkey treating Iraqi Kurdistan 'as independent' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Turkey is "dealing with the (Kurdistan) region as an independent state, and this is rejected by us," Maliki said in a soon-to-be broadcast interview with a Turkish television channel, according to the statement on his website. ...

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The Islamic Republic of Iran Is Holding Hostages in Iraq. ACT NOW!!

The Islamic Republic of Iran Is Holding Hostages in Iraq.   ACT NOW!! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The UNHCR continues to appear powerless to stop the persecution and pending forced return of refugees to Iran and cannot travel into this area without armored vehicles and an armed U.S. escort. Only we, as a nation, can prevent yet another atrocity and tragedy in Iraq. Who cares enough to shout out for these innocent people, who will otherwise be imprisoned, tortured, and likely executed by the Islamic terrorists in Iran? The detainees and their families have asked us and the United States to help them. Will you?

 

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Iraq signs 'death warrant' on Iran exiles

Iraq signs 'death warrant' on Iran exiles | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Iraq has served a virtual "death warrant" on some 3,400 Iranian dissidents exiled in a camp north of Baghdad, the head of the European parliament's delegation for relations with Iraq says.
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Shia pilgrims shot dead in Iraq

Shia pilgrims shot dead in Iraq | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A group of 22 Shia pilgrims travelling on a bus to Syria have been found shot dead in Iraq's western Anbar province, say Iraqi officials.
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Abu Ghraib abuse ringleader freed

Abu Ghraib abuse ringleader freed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Charles Graner, ringleader of the US military guards who photographed their abuse of inmates at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail, is released from prison.
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“Ending States that Sponsor Terrorism”: Dismantling the Iraqi State, Destroying an Entire Country

“Ending States that Sponsor Terrorism”: Dismantling the Iraqi State, Destroying an Entire Country | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The United Nation's Human Rights Council in Geneva reviews the human rights record of the United States on the 5th of November 2010, on the occasion of the Ninth Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), 1 to 12 November 2010. The following is a presentation given by Dirk Adriaensens in Geneva on 3 November.
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Iraq athletes demand Bahrain release 16-year-old detainee

Iraq athletes demand Bahrain release 16-year-old detainee | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Dozens of athletes rallied in Baghdad on Wednesday, demanding the release of a 16-year-old Iraqi football player detained in Bahrain earlier this year when the country was swept by anti-government protests.


a coach in Baghdad's al-Hadoud club, says the arrest of Zulfiqar Naji was not justified and was politically motivated. Naji plays for Bahrain's al-Muharraq club, and his supporters say he did not participate in protests against the Bahraini government.
"We demand the release of Naji, whose arrest was unjustifiable," Aboud said. "He is being kept in prison because Bahraini authorities want to show that the protests are a foreign conspiracy."
Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/soccer/story/2011-07-27/iraq-athletes-demand-bahrain-release-16-year-old-detainee#ixzz1TLovG9gI
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Amnesty International: Iraq Should Cease Harassment of Iranian Exiles in Ashraf | Camp Ashraf

Amnesty International: Iraq Should Cease Harassment of Iranian Exiles in Ashraf | Camp Ashraf | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Stop Fundamentalism- World’s human rights body, Amnesty International, in a public statement released on 23 July, urged the government of Iraq to cease harassments of the residents in Camp Ashraf who are Iranian exiles and members of the Iran’s main opposition movement Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI).

The rights body also called on Iraq to ensure resident’s “unhindered access to medical care and humanitarian needs.”
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Spanish court looks to quiz Iraq’s prime minister in probe into killings of Iranians exiles

Spanish court looks to quiz Iraq’s prime minister in probe into killings of Iranians exiles | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MADRID — A Spanish judge wants to question Iraq’s prime minister and three Iraqi army officers in a probe into the killing of Iranians exiled in Iraq.
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