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Iraq’s Security Apparatuses Focus On Human Rights

In an ever unstable security situation, Iraq’s security apparatuses have a reputation for violating human rights and resorting to extreme use of force, a reputation the government is working to do away with.
Members of the Iraqi special forces stand guard at a checkpoint in central Baghdad March 23, 2012. The Iraqi government has tightened security measures ahead of the Arab League summit, which is scheduled to be held in Baghdad at the end of March. REUTERS/Saad Shalash (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTR2ZRA8
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The attack carried out by the Iraqi security forces team against the coach of the Karbala soccer club, Mohammed Abbas, on June 24, 2013, was not unique. It was preceded by numerous incidents, some of which were linked to the security forces such as the Hawija incident that occurred on April 23, 2013.

The problem does not lie in the nature of this military force — considered the striking hand in major armed operations — nor does it lie in ambiguity surrounding the role and powers of its members, and the demands to reveal the full truth behind it, described by the Iraqiya List as “of an unknown origin and legitimacy” in a recent statement

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