Massacre reports show U.S. inability to curb Iraq militias


Shi’ite militias in Iraq detained, tortured and abused far more Sunni civilians during the American-backed capture of the town of Falluja in June than U.S. officials have publicly acknowledged, Reuters has found.

More than 700 Sunni men and boys are still missing more than two months after the Islamic State stronghold fell. The abuses occurred despite U.S. efforts to restrict the militias’ role in the operation, including threatening to withdraw American air support, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.

The U.S. efforts had little effect. Shi’ite militias did not pull back from Falluja, participated in looting there and now vow to defy any American effort to limit their role in coming operations against Islamic State.

All told, militia fighters killed at least 66 Sunni males and abused at least 1,500 others fleeing the Falluja area, according to interviews with more than 20 survivors, tribal leaders, Iraqi politicians and Western diplomats.


When has any western nation had any real impact in that region?


Right after the surge.

Something one needs to realize is that we were warned by the Sunni tribal leaders, the Kurds and the mostly peaceful Sistani Shiites, as well as the Joint Chiefs and the CIA that if we left too soon, Iraq would turn into a battleground between Sunni radicals and Iranian-backed Ad Sadr Shia Arabs. Iraq needed more time. And it wasn’t as if the Iraqis weren’t working on it too. A little known fact is that the Ayatollah Sistani ordered his people not to even retaliate for Sunni terrorist acts. And they didn’t, despite the fact that they had a lot to resent.

And we pulled out, and Al Sadr came back to Iraq, Iranian agents moved in, ISIS took power from the Sunni leaders or co-opted them, and now we have a war between Sunni radicals led by various terrorist groups and Shiite radicals under the direction and control of Iran.

Astonishingly stupid.

Even more stupidly, we are the de facto air force for the radical, Iranian-led Shia militias. The Ayatollahs in Teheran must be laughing their beards off at us.


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