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Babil massacre increases demand to reform Iraqi security forces

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi refers to the "heartbreaking massacre" and reinforces his commitment to security reform after 20 family members are killed based on specious charges.
Members of the Iraqi federal police force stand guard at a checkpoint in Baghdad, on January 29, 2021.

BAGHDAD — A group of security forces raided a rural house in the village of Rashayed located in Babil province on Dec. 30, killing 20 members of the same family.

The father of the family, Rahim Kadhim al-Ghurairi, was initially accused of being part of a drug trafficking network and then of being affiliated with the Islamic State. 

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