(TAM) After the United States and its proxy armies “liberated” the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this year, the world’s superpower unsurprisingly turned a blind eye to a massacre that took place soon after. As the Guardian aptly phrased it, the aftermath was an “orgy” of killing.
The Guardian explains that it was the brutal conduct of the Iraqi Armed Forces that enabled Iraq to successfully liberate Mosul from ISIS’ dominance, stating:
According to the non-partisan monitoring group Airwars, the civilian death toll in Mosul may have exceeded 10,000. Those who were fortunate enough to survive coalition bombings were apparently treated as suspected ISIS members, and the result was a host of crimes that should make The Hague cringe.
The Guardian explains:
Kate Allen, the director of Amnesty International, has already called for an independent inquiry into these crimes. Allen stated:
“Deliberately killing fighters who have surrendered or who have been captured is absolutely prohibited under international law. Needless to say, killing civilians in these circumstances is also utterly unlawful – a war crime.”
“He is my fifth [killing] since the start of [the battle of] Mosul… Al-Qaida have one good principle: if they suspect someone, or have the tiniest evidence against him, they execute him. They say that if he was guilty, he deserved it, and if he was innocent, his blood will be purged and later he will go to heaven. I follow the same principle.”
Never mind that thousands of civilians died in the aerial campaign during the first few months of Trump’s presidency. Once the city was formally liberated, the Guardian explains, the real “orgy” of killing began:
“Night after night, in ruined houses, makeshift cells and the dark streets of Mosul, those identified as members of Isis were tortured and executed. Jubilant Iraqi soldiers filmed themselves beating and shooting prisoners.”
The United States has barely given this issue a passing mention, even as it attempts to denigrate Syria for allegedly doing the same thing. One thing is certain, however — the United States has brought chaos to Iraq and the large city of Mosul, and liberation may, in fact, be the wrong word to describe the results.
From the Guardian:
“‘Sometimes we do things and we know we are breaking the law,’ the commander told me one afternoon as he sat sipping his tea. He lit a cigarette and continued: ‘My general tells me: ‘Don’t bring me any prisoners – if you know they are Daesh, then deal with them from your end.’ My soldiers call me and say: ‘We have found a man’, and I tell them: ‘Kill him.’”