The Baghdad Post
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
A report recently published at German Newspaper Der Spiegel exposed atrocities committed by Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) during the military operation to liberate Mosul city from ISIS terrorists since October 2016.
Der Spiegel photographer Ali Arkady documented Iraqi security forces abducting, torturing, raping, and killing civilians around Mosul.
IMIS group has been part of the military operation launched by Iraqi Forces to liberate Mosul city from ISIS terrorists. The Iranian-backed militia has committed several violations against Sunni civilians in order to force them from homes. They are not subjected to Iraqi government as they owe allegiance to their Iranian masters.
Arkady who embedded MOI and Emergency Response Unit for project titled "Heroes, not destroyers" released photos of the project in a report at SPIEGEL titled as 'Not Heroes, but Monsters'.
He reported how the unit treated him as part of their team, allowed him to film and photograph the abuses - even invited him to join in.
Arkady says he received death threats, brought his family to safety before releasing evidence of the crimes he documented. Now lives abroad.
Describing what he called 'competition' among Federal Police and Emergency Response Unit (ERU), Arkady said that Federal Police forces described raping particularly beautiful woman before ERU raid her place.
Last sentence on being forced to flee home. "It is the price for my work - to publish what I have witnessed. It is mine to bear. I pay it.", Arkady said.
After taking Hamam Al-Alil, ERU detained Sunnis, tortured father in earshot of son, then son in front of dad -finally killed the 16 yr-old.
Cpt Omar after raid: "We took everything: Men, women, looted the houses." Arkady even describes instance of Sunni Hashd fighter being raped.