Wednesday, 31 August 2011

US forces liable for atrocities in Iraq: Report

The US forces stationed in Iraq should be held accountable for war crimes including one in which the American forces murdered ten people in cold blood during a raid in 2006, an analyst told Press TV.

"Some sort of response" is expected following the US criminal behavior in Iraq, Chief Executive of the Cordoba Foundation Anas al-Tikriti said in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday.

"The response could be either in terms of an investigation and subsequent punishment or prosecution or at least some sort of acknowledgement" followed by an apology, he added. 

In a 2006 attack, US troops executed one man, four women, two children, and three infants in the Iraqi city of Tikrit.

A US airstrike was launched on the victims' residence presumably to destroy any evidence of the killing, but autopsies carried out at the city hospital's morgue revealed that all corpses were handcuffed and shot in the head.

"We have reports… that similar crimes were committed on many occasions not just in this particular circumstance," Tikriti pointed out.

"We have reports that the behavior has been extremely barbaric, on some occasions, criminal. We have the very infamous incident of Abu Ghraib, but we have dozens of others. Some have gone unreported, some unconfirmed but that doesn't mean that they haven't happened," he noted.

"This just confirms the evil of the occupation and the manner in which the Americans… behave in Iraq," Tikriti went on to say.

He further said that the morality of the "behavior of the troops on the ground since 2003" should be questioned.


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