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Shiite militia accused of destroying mosques in Fallujah

By Rudaw 9/7/2016
Iraqis inspect a war-damaged mosque in Fallujah. Global Research file photo
Iraqis inspect a war-damaged mosque in Fallujah. Global Research file photo
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Shiite militia known as the Hashd al-Shaabi, who participated in the battle for Fallujah, have been accused of demolishing mosques in the liberated town, an accusation the group denied.
 
"A large number of mosques inside Fallujah including Firdaws, Furqan, Abu Obeidiya, Nabi Younis, Mudalal and Maaizi have been destroyed and burned down," Sabah Karhut, head of Anbar Provincial Council, announced.
 
Karhut urged the Iraqi interior and defense ministries to hasten their efforts to identify and prosecute the perpetrators.
 
Shiite militia officials have dismissed the claims of their involvement in burning or destroying Sunni mosques in Fallujah.
 
"Such charges against Hashd al-Shaabi are expected. Those political parties accusing us of doing that are embodying external agendas and they cannot see the great successes Hashd al-Shaabi has achieved in battles. Such propaganda has no basis," Nuri Karim, a spokesperson for the Shiite militias, told Rudaw.
 
A member of the Anbar Provincial Council believes there are trouble makers who have "slipped into" the Shiite militias to tarnish the groups’ image.
 
"There are sectarian-oriented people holding grudges in their hearts who have slipped into the Hashd al-Shaabi and intend to distort the celebration of our victories [against ISIS] through their acts," Ozal Fahdawi, a Anbar Provincial Council member, told Rudaw.
 
Fahdawi added that "Fallujah is still a military zone and the city's security is practically in the hands of the [Iraqi] army and Anbar police."
 
Killings, torture and imprisonment of Fallujah civilians by members of the Shiite militia who backed government troops during the Fallujah offensive were already reported. An investigation is reportedly underway.
 
An Iraqi member of parliament from Anbar Province believes that in addition to the burning and destruction of mosques, the Fallujah people are still being subjected to torture and killings.
 
"They are still subjected to being killed or intimidated by sectarian militias or terrorists. They are even being attacked inside refugee camps," said Liqa Wardi.
 
For example, she added, "Salam refugee camp in southern Baghdad was bombed and that killed 7 refugees and wounded another 11." She did not mention when the attack happened. 
 
That is "a dangerous sign that our government is unable to protect its people," Wardi said.
 
The central Iraqi city of Fallujah, known as the City of Mosques for the more than 200 mosques found in the city and its surroundings, was retaken from the Islamic State in June after a month-long campaign by the Iraqi military and special forces, joined by Shiite militia and backed by US-led coalition air support. 
 
 

Comments

 
beetleking | 10/7/2016
Iraqi army and Usa army said that those mosque had Isis Sniper and Bomb factories Inside them.. Fallujah it is known as the "city of mosques because it has 200 Mosque... So its almost impossible to not destroyer mosque when Isis are using them as Save Heaven. I really hate news like this because those people really dont understand the reality of the war in the city... instead people want fuel sectariam... Back in 2003 Usa also destroyed many mosques because those Al-Qaida soldier where hiding inside of mosques and many people at the time looked Usa as very bad.. This same thing is happening here. What we should to do for Isis if they hide in Mosque in area which has like 200 mosques Surrounding in the City?
beetleking | 10/7/2016
"For example, she added, "Salam refugee camp in southern Baghdad was bombed and that killed 7 refugees and wounded another 11." She did not mention when the attack happened. " Lol this guys is funny.. He does not know when this happened.. Maybe this was Isis who attacked them because they abandoned Isis? This guys is very ridiculous..
| 10/7/2016
Sunni deserves this. Shia everywhere are united
Kamel | 11/7/2016
This paper is so critical and biased. Rather, its grieving on the loss of Falluja as Kurds have tactical alliance with ISIS. They support ISIS so that there will be chaos and they can capture kirkuk

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