Mahdi army's war crimes in Sadr city


The fighting that erupted in Baghdad's Sadr City last month has killed 925 people and wounded 2,605, a top government official said Wednesday.

Most of the casualties consist of civilians and "criminal elements attacked by us," said Tahseen al-Sheikhly, a spokesman for the Baghdad security crackdown called Operation Enforcing the Law.

Civilians are being caught in the crossfire because militants "use the population to cover themselves," al-Sheikhly said.

Earlier Wednesday, an Interior Ministry official said 321 people have been killed in Sadr City fighting this month. The reason for the discrepancy was unclear.


Using human shields is a war crime. It would provide greater context if the media would point that out. At least this report is a step up from when our forces were being accused of targeting civilians. I have yet to hear a persuasive argument by the media for not holding the enemy responsible for violations of the Geneva Conventions. It is troubling that they continue to ignore this important issue.


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