Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Iraq

Sunnis from Anbar plead for the release of loved ones by Iraqi security

By Rudaw 22/1/2019
-

ANBAR, Iraq — Families and the local government in the Iraqi province of Anbar are demanding for Baghdad and the Shiite militias to release some 2,000 people who were arrested fleeing the ISIS conflict

"My sons were arrested at the Razaza checkpoint. There were taken one by one. We don't know whether the checkpoints were installed to protect people or to make them disappear," said Talal Sabaawi. 

They don't know where to turn for help.

"I have visited just about every institution. I also went as far as Baghdad, but it did not yield any results," Sabaawi added.

People claim there are children, youth and the elderly among those arrested.

"Since my husband was taken, I myself have to provide for my children. They want their needs to be met including clothes, but I have nothing," Lamia Awad said. 

"May God reward our neighbours who are offering a helping hand. I want to meet my husband again, dead or alive. I want him to be freed," she added.

Anbar is Iraq's largest province by area and the Sunni heartland. Its capital is Ramadi.

Abu Mahdi, age 70, says he was recently released after being beaten by metal and sticks.

He claimed militiamen poured cold water on them during the winter.

"They were forcing children age 5 to get confessions. They separated the detainees and put them in groups of two. They were torturing and beating us," said another man, Haji Salih Khalaf.

He says they were given salt water to drink.

"They were giving us water from a well. When I washed my face and hands I realized that my skin became white. We said the water is salty, but they shouted to us saying, ‘Stay silent and don't say it is salty!’ " said Khalaf.

Most were arrested at Razaza checkpoint set up by Hashd forces when they were trying to flee southward.

Anbar Governor Ali Farhan has reached out to various entities.

"We have tried various ways to find those people, but so far the efforts have been fruitless. We have all their names and details documented, and these have been delivered to the commander-in-chief the prime minister, and the joint operations," he said.

More than 1.8 million Iraqis remain displaced because of the ISIS conflict. Many are Sunni Arabs. They increasingly complain of political disenfranchisement and Iraqi's security institutions becoming dominated by Shiite Arabs.

 

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, a secular Shiite politician, is the commander-in-chief of all Iraqi armed forces. Baghdad's control of Shiite paramilitias and militias was a concern under his predecessor. 

 

Reporting by Hiwa Husamadin

Comments

 
Post a New Comment
Comment as a guest or Login for more enhanced interactive experience

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

mehmet | 2/17/2019 7:40:30 PM
The question is where did those air strikes take place in village? no it happened in areas where The pkk is present.There is cause that cause is pkk....
Mohamedzzz | 2/19/2019 7:17:25 AM
Kurds fought on behalf of other powers, now is time to fight for their independence, without the Kurds there can't be peace in the whole area,...
Kurdish villagers driven off their mountainsides by Turkish airstrikes
| 15/2/2019 | (6)
Alan Saeed | 2/19/2019 12:27:43 AM
Well, we don’t even have to go into any prognostic mode to try and predict what would happen if Turkey joined the European Union. Just look at their...
Mohamedzzz | 2/19/2019 7:09:02 AM
For Turkey the only aim to join EU is to milk the cow, they hate EU, they hate Christians, they hate European culture.
Erdogan sheds crocodile tears for European Union
| 16 hours ago | (6)
Pakistani | 2/19/2019 6:24:59 AM
Turkey is making life easy for ISIS directly or indirectly , Turkey is a terrorist state ...
US-backed Syria force demands IS jihadists surrender
| 6 hours ago | (1)
Muraz Adzhoev | 2/18/2019 11:31:11 PM
The role of women in the Kurdish society began to lose its traditionally very high cultural and moral significance in families, tribes and ...
arjun | 2/19/2019 6:14:35 AM
next lets put all the gays in power! lol what a joke Kurdistan has become! why does having women as leaders matter? how does being a women make you a...
Women dominate leadership of Kurdistan Region parliament
| 15 hours ago | (2)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Protesters accused of storming Turkish military base linger in jail 1 hour ago |

Protesters accused of storming Turkish military base linger in jail

"Some have committed no crime and were at home more
Hashd militiamen impose ‘illegal’ customs checkpoint in Sharqat 3 hours ago |

Hashd militiamen impose ‘illegal’ customs checkpoint in Sharqat

The Iraqi parliament has ruled such customs more
Limit on foreign workers coming to KRI harms Iranian Kurds 4 hours ago |

Limit on foreign workers coming to KRI harms Iranian Kurds

"We are forced to go back to Iran where there is more
0.219 seconds