UN, AP, and Washington Post links at end of post.
8/26/14, "UN: Hundreds of Turkmen Muslims Slaughtered in ISIS Religious Cleansing," CNS News, Lauretta Brown
"The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) slaughtered 700 Turkmen civilians last month, including "children, women, and old people," United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Iraq chief Marzio Babille confirmed.
Babille told Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA) that the massacre of members of the country’s Shiite minority occurred in the northern Iraqi village of Beshir between July 11th and 12th.
The Turkmen ethnic group makes up roughly four percent of Iraq's population, according to the BBC.
As members of the Shia Muslim sect, they are directly targeted by Islamic State Sunni extremists, who consider them apostates.
Navi Pillay, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, warned of the increasingly desperate plight of thousands of Turkmen who have been under seige for two months in the village of Amerli, which is located about 110 miles northwest of Baghdad.
The high commissioner “echoed the urgent call by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq for the international community to work with the authorities to prevent a humanitarian and human rights tragedy.”
The Associated Press first reported that ISIS massacred Shiite Turkmen villagers during a midday attack on Beshir, Chardaghli, Brawchi and Karanaz in northern Iraq back in June.
“It is not yet clear how many people were killed in the attack on the four farming villages,” the Washington Post reported at the time. “Gen. Turhan Abdel-Rahman, Kirkuk’s deputy police chief, said he knew of at least 40 slain residents — 25 from three villages who were buried Sunday, plus the 15 interred Monday, who were from the fourth town, Bashir. 'There are other bodies still inside Bashir,' he said.”
“According to interviews with 20 survivors and 16 witnesses of the massacre, ISIL gunmen loaded between 1,000 and 1,500 prisoners onto trucks and transported them to a nearby uninhabited area,” the statement says.
“There, armed men asked the Sunnis to separate themselves from the others. Around 100 prisoners who joined the Sunni group were suspected by ISIL not to be Sunni and were subjected to individual checks based on how they prayed and their place of origin.
"Sunni inmates were ordered back on the trucks and left the scene. ISIL gunmen then yelled insults at the remaining prisoners, lined them up in four rows, ordered them to kneel and opened fire. Up to 670 prisoners were reportedly killed.”
“Such cold-blooded, systematic and intentional killings of civilians, after singling them out for their religious affiliation may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity,” the UN high commissioner said." via Free Republic
8/25/14, "Iraqi civilians suffering horrific widespread and systematic persecution-Pillay," UN, Geneva
6/22/14, "Iraqi Shiites say insurgents and neighbors expel them from their homes in Sunni province," AP, DIAA HADID and EMAD MATTI, Kirkuk
"The Islamic State fighters consider Shiites to be heretics, and proudly post images of them being killed— often for no reason other than their beliefs.
But even less-ideological Sunni groups that are fighting alongside the extremists have grievances against Shiites, and see them as an obstacle to having a more autonomous territory."...
6/23/14, "Shiite villagers describe ‘massacre’ in northern Iraq," Washington Post,
governed by Islamic law, stretching across Iraq and Syria. Among those caught in the crosshairs are Iraq’s Turkmens, a minority in this mostly Arab nation, speaking a language that derives from Turkish. While some are Sunni, others are Shiite Muslims — considered apostates by ISIS....Insurgents have swept toward the south and west, driving to create a Sunni Muslim nation,
“Please tell the world,” one man said. “It was a savage massacre.”"...
Comment: The Bush crowd would do it again, and "caring" Democrats would still not deliver water to thousands of suffering civilians claiming the problem no longer exists. One only mentions this because the left is supposedly "caring and compassionate." US taxpayers are still being forced in a permanent economic depression to pay billions every month to organized crime in Afghanistan and defense industry cronies. Weapons manufacturers have done very well under the "caring, peace loving" left.
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