Nov 10, 2020Liked by Kevin Gosztola

"Elderly woman and her 5 month child" would raise most eyebrows... It should be "grand-child", but one should probably mention Turkiya Majeed Ali's other four grand-children under the age of 10, who were hand-cuffed and shot in the head with their mothers and one of the fathers. Indeed it would have been impossible for the US to declare the five kids as enemy combatants, so an airstrike was staged to (unsuccessfully) cover the evidence. They were busted by Iraqi TV and Wikileaks, and this led to an end of immunity for US troops in Iraq if they committed war crimes, & Obama's decision to initiate their withdrawal in 2012.

Details of this incident are here, starting P361. http://extrajudicialexecutions.org/application/media/A_HRC_4_20_Add_1.pdf

Observations of the Special Rapporteur

The Special Rapporteur regrets that the Government of the United States of America has failed to cooperate with the mandate he has been given by the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights.

Letter of allegation dated 27 March 2006

I would like to draw the attention of your Government to information I have received regarding a raid conducted by the Multinational Forces (MNF) on 15 March 2006 in the house of Faiz Harrat Al-Majma’ee, a farmer living in the outskirts of Al-Iss Haqi District in Balad (Salah-El-Din Governorate).

I have received various reports indicating that at least 10 persons, namely Mr. Faiz Hratt

Khalaf, (aged 28), his wife Sumay’ya Abdul Razzaq Khuther (aged 24), their three children

Hawra’a (aged 5) Aisha ( aged 3) and Husam (5 months old), Faiz’s mother Ms. Turkiya

Majeed Ali (aged 74), Faiz’s sister (name unknown), Faiz’s nieces Asma’a Yousif Ma’arouf


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(aged 5 years old), and Usama Yousif Ma’arouf (aged 3 years), and a visiting relative Ms.

Iqtisad Hameed Mehdi (aged 23) were killed during the raid.

According to the information received, American troops approached Mr. Faiz’s home in the early hours of 15 March 2006. It would appear that when the MNF approached the house, shots were fired from it and a confrontation ensued for some 25 minutes. The MNF troops entered the house, handcuffed all residents and executed all of them. After the initial MNF intervention, a US air raid ensued that destroyed the house.

Iraqi TV stations broadcast from the scene and showed bodies of the victims (i.e. five children

and four women) in the morgue of Tikrit. Autopsies carries out at the Tikrit Hospital’s morgue

revealed that all corpses were shot in the head and handcuffed.

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