Skip to comments.ISIL militants 'executed 1,700 Shiite soldiers', UN alarmed
Posted on 06/13/2014 8:32:15 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
Concerns are growing over executions and mounting abuses by militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), amid a warning from the United Nations that hundreds of people were killed, many of them summarily executed, after the seizure of Mosul.
The full extent of civilian casualties is not yet known but reports received by UNAMI, the U.N. mission in Iraq, to this point suggest that the number of people killed in recent days may run into the hundreds and the number of wounded is said to be approaching 1,000, Rupert Colville, the spokesman of the U.N.s human rights chief Navi Pillay, told reporters in Geneva on June 13. UNAMI has its own network of contacts and had interviewed some of the 500,000 who fled Mosul, he said. A further 40,000 people were estimated to have fled from Tikrit and Samara, according to the International Organization for Migration.
Reports of retribution attacks and rape
The statement came as reports suggest that the ISIL militants executed 1,700 Shiite soldiers who surrendered in Tikrit on June 12. Weve received reports of the summary execution of Iraqi army soldiers during the capture of Mosul and of 17 civilians in one particular street in Mosul city on June 11, Colville said. The great majority of the militants were Iraqis, Colville said, citing UNAMI reports. Prisoners released by the militants from Mosul prison had been looking to exact revenge on those responsible for their incarceration and some went to Tikrit and killed seven former prison officers there, Colville said.
Meanwhile, leading Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called on Iraqis to take up arms against militants marching on Baghdad. Thrusting further to the southeast after their seizure of Mosul and Tikrit, ISIL entered two towns in Diyala province bordering Iran on June 13. Saadiyah and Jalawla had fallen to the insurgents after government troops fled their positions, along with several villages around the Himreen Mountains that have long been a hideout for militants, security sources said.
Citizens who are able to bear arms and fight terrorists, defending their country and their people and their holy places, should volunteer and join the security forces to achieve this holy purpose, al-Sistanis representative announced on his behalf during the main weekly prayers in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala. The elderly al-Sistani, who rarely appears in public, is the highest religious authority for the Shiites in Iraq.
Al-Sistanis call to defend the country came as U.S. President Barack Obama said he was exploring all options to save Iraqs security forces from collapse.
Obama said Iraq was going to need more help from the United States and from the international community to strengthen security forces that Washington spent billions of dollars in training and equipping before withdrawing its own troops in 2011. Our national security team is looking at all the options ... I dont rule out anything, he said. One option under consideration is the use of drone strikes, like those controversially deployed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, a U.S. official told Agence France-Presse.
Separately, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iraqs political factions to unite against the jihadists. Make no mistake, this needs to be a real wake-up call for all of Iraqs political leaders. Now is the time for Iraqs leaders to come together and show unity, Kerry said on a visit to London. Iraq was facing a brutal enemy that poses a threat to U.S. interests, as well as those of its allies in Europe and the Middle East, Kerry said. He added that given the gravity of the situation, he would anticipate timely decisions from President Obama in tackling the challenge. We are laser-focused on dealing with the crisis ahead, he said.
The Iraqi Interior Ministry said it had adopted a new security plan for Baghdad to protect it from the advancing jihadists. The plan consists of intensifying the deployment of forces, and increasing intelligence efforts and the use of technology such as [observation] balloons and cameras and other equipment, ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said. We have been in a war with terrorism for a while, and today the situation is exceptional.
time for Obama and the Sec general of the UN to send a strongly worded letter.
Our billions were apparently only hired someone to hold a gun in peacetime, not professional soldiers who would fight.
As long as Muslims are killing other Muslims what’s the problem?
Then go on vacation.
Has the Iraqi military put up any kind of fight against ISIS?
Considering what ISIL is doing and will do to their country and their small numbers in relation to the Iraqi army, I am very suprised that the Iraqi army did not stand and fight. There is definitely a reason why they are not fighting. A very good reason.
Maybe even cutting back, just a little, on re-supplying them with spare parts for the Hum-Vees and other US equipment that they have captured?
None of ISIS’ political goals require restraint. The opposite is true. The type of recruits they want are turned on by this type of stuff, and their enemies melt away before them in terror. There will be literally millions of beheadings and rapes if Iran doesn’t step in soon.
If you kill one man its murder. If you kill a million its only a statistic. Stalin
They don’t fight because they are there only to draw a paycheck.
To all Iraq War vets from this Vietnam War vet, welcome to the club.
Those serving in both wars have watched the political class walk away from our commitments, squander our meager gains and abandon those who stood beside us to a terrible fate and the harsh reality that the United States is not to be relied upon or feared.
It is impossible to ignore the comparison of Saigon on the eve of the North Vietnam occupation on April 30, 1975 and Baghdad on June 12, 2014. Some of us will always remember the photos of the scramble to board helicopters atop the roof as the last of the U.S presence was withdrawn. I am confident Iraq vets will be haunted by their own symbols if things turn out, as it appears today they will, in Baghdad.
In the case of Vietnam the U.S. failed to enforce the Paris Peace Treaty when December 13, 1974 North Vietnam invaded the south at Phuoc Long, predictable after the passage of the Case-Church Amendment the previous year. As for Iraq, failure of the U.S. to reach a new status of forces agreement with the Iraq government left no means to influence events on the ground leading to the current insurgent offensive.
Both demonstrate the absence of political will. No matter the arguments regarding the justification or methods of conduct of these wars the result for those South Vietnamese and Iraqis who tied their futures to the U.S. proves devastating.
In Southeast Asia friends of the U.S. suffered relocation, reeducation camps and deaths numbering hundreds of thousands; in Iraq they may very likely lose their head.
“He added that given the gravity of the situation, he would anticipate timely decisions from President Obama in tackling the challenge.”
As soon as he finds out about it in the paper.
This looks promising:
The plan consists of intensifying the deployment of forces, and increasing intelligence efforts and the use of technology such as [observation] balloons and cameras and other equipment, ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said.”
They are going to run around like mad, try to get a clue, play with balloons and take some selfies. That ought to do it.
Odd, I thought the UN stated yesterday that they weren’t worried about ISIS. Funny how a few thousand severed heads will affect your outlook on that sort of thing.
Another day, another Obamagumbe cock-up.
Word of the executions needs to be passed to the Iraqi military. It may be the only way to get them to fight.
They won't be getting any virgins...........................
I have a bet with a friend and hope that I lose it.
My money is we get hit on USA soil before 12/31/14, midnight.
Like I said I hope I lose the bet.