Iraq security forces burn Sunni villagers homes 'to the ground' after liberating town from Isis
In a 31-page report, the human rights organization asserted government forces carried out a "campaign of destruction" after militants were driven out, likely as revenge for supporting Isis fighters or as "collective punishment" against Sunnis and other minorities.
According to The Independent, one witness said: "From what I saw, they used fire [to burn houses] but we also heard explosions."
Seven weeks after the siege had ended, representatives from Human Rights Watch conducted field visits to villages in October and found some homes were still burning and others were showing signs of arson.
|One home is filmed by Human Rights Watch burning in October 2014|
Joe Stork, HRW's deputy Middle East and North Africa Director, is quoted as saying, "Iraq clearly faces serious threats in its conflict with Isis, but the abuses committed by forces fighting Isis are so rampant and egregious that they are threatening Iraq long term. Iraqis are caught between the horrors Isis commits and abusive behaviour by militias, and ordinary Iraqis are paying the price."
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Could the burning of these villages be the tinder that lights the cities of Iraq on fire? Will we see the fourth judgment soon?
Invasion, capture, punishment has occurred in sequence. Burning, abandonment, war with the Medes, plundering, flood and drought, leading to complete desolation, are prophesied by Jeremiah as judgment upon Babylon, the Land of the Chaldeans.
Are we living in the time of the judgment? Will the cities of Iraq burn?
Is Babylon burning, Jeremiah?
Labels: Judgment 4 - Burning