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Death Squads in Iraq: A Timeline

Daisy Cutter, Daily Kos


March 23, 2006

Recently Think Progress made a timeline of major events in the Iraq war. It is very informative, but I noticed that one of the most disturbing aspects of the Iraq war was missing. There is absolutely no mention of the existence of Shiite death squads that work within the Iraqi government that the U.S. is currently arming and training. Ever since the `Salvador Option' story broke I've been keeping track of numerous news stories about these allegations. I've put together all my findings in timeline form. If you have any informative articles about death squads in Iraq please submit them in your comments.

January 14, 2005: Newsweek breaks the "Salvador Option' story.

January 25, 2005: Human Rights Watch releases a damning report alleging torture and mistreatment of detainees by the new Iraqi government.
(Human Rights Watch)

April 28, 2005: The new Iraqi government is approved. The Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution wins control of the Interior Ministry. The new minister is Bayan Jabr.
(Juan Cole)(PBS)

May 1, 2005: Many of the same men in charge of training El Salvador's right-wing counter-insurgency forces during its bloody civil war are revealed to be advisors to Iraqi security forces.
(NYT Magazine)

May 16, 2005 55 dead bodies are discovered in Iraq.

May 22, 2005: An elite group of commandos known as the Wolf Brigade is profiled by Knight Ridder. The group is notorious for its brutal treatment of detainees.
(Knight Ridder)

June 12, 2005: 20 bodies are found around Baghdad. Many of them show signs of torture.

June 28, 2005: Numerous Sunni males turn up dead after being detained by men wearing police uniforms.
(Knight Ridder)

July 7, 2005: Horrifying descriptions of torture by Iraqi security forces emerge.
(The Observer)

September 8, 2005: The U.N. expresses concern over abuses by pro-government forces in Iraq.

September 16, 2005: CBS reports on the torture and execution of numerous Sunnis.
(CBS News)

October 7, 2005: At least 537 bodies have been found since April, many of them Sunnis.
(Associated Press)

October 12, 2005: Sectarian hatred extends itself into the Iraqi military.
(Knight Ridder)

November 15, 2005: U.S. Forces discover a secret torture center run by Iraq's Interior Ministry.
(Washington Post)

November 27, 2005: Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi claims that the human rights situation in Iraq is just as bad, if not worse, than it was under Saddam.

November 28, 2005: Abuse of prisoners in Iraq is called routine.
(Knight Ridder)

Interior Minister Bayan Jabr defends the alleged torture camp.

November 29, 2005: The NY Times and LA Times both run stories about allegations of Shiites running death squads that target Sunnis.
(Los Angeles Times)(New York Times)

December 11, 2005: Torture is discovered at a second Interior Ministry run prison in Iraq.
(Washington Post)

December 27, 2006: US refuses to handover jails and prisons to Iraqis until conditions improve
(Times Online)

January 22, 2006: Iraqis attempt to find officials without ties to militias.
USA Today

January 25, 2006: Sunni leaders urge followers to defend against deadly house raids.
(Knight Ridder)

February 5, 2006: 14 blindfolded tortured bodies found in Baghdad, called common occurrence.
(Washington Post)

February 16, 2006: Iraq's government launches investigation into death squad claims after US general catches Iraqi policemen about to execute a Sunni.
(BBC News)

February 22, 2006 Powerful blast destroys Golden Mosque in Samarra. Shiites swear revenge.
(New York Times)

February 23, 2006: 47 predominantly Sunni workers are stopped at a checkpoint and massacred outside Baghdad.
(Knight Ridder)

February 26, 2006: Andrew Buncombe and Patrick Cockburn report that hundreds of Iraqis are being tortured to death every month by Interior Ministry death squads.
(The Independent)

February 28, 2006: Violence since mosque explosion kills more than 1,300 Iraqis.
(Washington Post)

March 2, 2006: Director of the Baghdad morgue claims that up to 7,000 people have been killed by death squads in the past several months.
(The Guardian)

March 8, 2006: the State Department criticizes the Iraqi government's human rights violations in its annual report.
(State Department)

Gunmen dressed up as Interior Ministry commandos raid a private security company and abduct 50 people. A US Military patrol comes across a bus with the bodies of 18 men piled up inside.
(Washington Post)

March 12, 2006: Iraqi officials admit to the existence of death squads operating from inside the government.
(Knight Ridder)

March 14, 2006: Iraqi authorities find 80 dead bodies over the course of two days.
(BBC News)

March 20, 2006: The US continues to arm and train the same Iraqi security forces accused of having a sectarian bent and committing numerous massacres.

March 22, 2006: The U.N. demands that the Iraqi government reign in their abusive security forces.
(UN News Centre)

March 23, 2006: A gay rights group run by Iraqi exiles claims that the Badr Brigade is launching a campaign of "sexual cleansing" against Iraqi homosexuals..
(Gay City News)

I will continue to update this page as more stories about death squads emerge.

:: Article nr. 21856 sent on 24-mar-2006 04:38 ECT


Link: www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/3/23/202410/772

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