The orchestrators of the latest spate of violence include a cluster of militia groups from Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMFs): Saraya al Khorasani, Asa’ib ahl al haq, Saraya Ashura, Iraqi Hezbollah brigade, and members from Iraq’s federal police.
Eyewitnesses recounted the merciless behaviour of these actors, who “spared no one” a woman whose men remain missing told FRB’s research team.
Early on, men were whisked away from their families and forces onto trucks, in numbers that far exceed the holding capacity of the vehicles transporting them to unknown locations.
One of these was reported to have been a derelict warehouse on the outskirts of Saqlawiyah, where rounds of torture were initiated against male hostages. Another location referred to throughout eyewitness reports is tareq camp (al Mazraa) were several massacres reported took place. The majority of the main slain belonged to the Sunni Mahmadiyya tribe.
Hours into the massacre, a Sunni officer whose identity has been protected upon request, warned minister of defense Khaled al Obeidi, of unfolding events.
Obeidi was outside of iraq on a political tour in search of external military backing of the Fallujah campaign. The officer forged a line of communication instead the the Mahmadiyya tribe, to exchange and relay vital information.
Later the same evening, Sunni parliamentarians united in an effort to condemn these events. Hours after, the survivors of the ordeal were taken to Bzaibiz crossing and rushed to Amariyat al Fallujah camps for urgently needed medical treatment.
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