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The Interior Ministry said Tuesday that it had brought the first-ever charges of torture against members of the Iraqi police, who are accused of close ties to the Shiite death squads whose daily abductions and killings fuel the sectarian violence convulsing the country.
Authorities reported finding the bodies of a dozen apparent death squad victims floating in the Tigris River south of Baghdad.
Shiite death squads are generally thought to be behind such killings, hundreds of which have been recorded in Baghdad alone since the bombing of a major Shiite shrine in February ignited the explosion of sectarian revenge killings.
Torture is considered widespread among the poorly trained police force, which has suffered heavy losses at the hands of Sunni insurgents, Shiite militiamen and criminal gangs.
Such concerns were underscored by the discovery of a police torture chamber in Baghdad last year, and by the apparent complicity of police in a mass kidnapping of Sunni workers that prompted authorities to take an entire police brigade out of service for retraining.
Originally posted by Souljah
And the next time we hear the news, there were 100 bodies found, dumped somewhere - there is a big possiblity, that they were killed by Police Death Squads.
So, do you think they act on their own, or are they trained?
Mr. Bolani said that he had fired more than 3,000 employees since he took over, some for corruption and human rights violations, and that he referred 300 to 600 of those cases to the Iraqi court system.
Originally posted by intrepid
Can we just have the topics without the propaganda? Just ONCE?