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Iraq: Special Forces accused of war crimes after torture videos smuggled out of Iraq *GRAPHIC*11:44

Iraq: Special Forces accused of war crimes after torture videos smuggled out of Iraq *GRAPHIC*

Iraq, Undisclosed
June 9, 2017 at 15:40 GMT -00:00 · Published

Footage and stills taken from an undisclosed location by Iraqi photographer Ali Arkady as part of a documentary film were released earlier this month.

The content appears to show an Iraqi special forces unit torturing and executing civilians and prisoners during their operation in Mosul against the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in 2016.

Soldiers in Iraqi army uniform, allegedly part of the Iraqi Emergency Response Division (ERD), can be seen shooting a prisoner, hanging detainees from ceilings and twisting their bodies into unnatural positions and beating civilians.

Arkady was embedded in the unit. Commenting on his time there the journalist said, “When they arrested someone and brought them there, they usually called me and I captured everything on film.”

“But then I saw some violent things and tortures. And after that killing I as a journalist decided I had to publish this material and tell people about these crimes. I was just being professional.”

Continuing, Arkady said “At first they allowed me to film tortures and some other bad stuff. But in a few days they said: “OK, you can film the interrogation, but don’t film tortures.” Eventually the journalist, decided “I was getting more and more interested in the subject, I filmed some really violent stuff, so I decided to publish this material.

The US government, who alleges they cut ties with ERD in 2015, has demanded an investigation into the suspected war crimes allegations. The Iraqi government has also agreed to launch an investigation following the publication of the photographer’s files.

Credit @ Ali Arkady/VII/Redux

Iraq: Special Forces accused of war crimes after torture videos smuggled out of Iraq *GRAPHIC*11:44
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Footage and stills taken from an undisclosed location by Iraqi photographer Ali Arkady as part of a documentary film were released earlier this month.

The content appears to show an Iraqi special forces unit torturing and executing civilians and prisoners during their operation in Mosul against the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in 2016.

Soldiers in Iraqi army uniform, allegedly part of the Iraqi Emergency Response Division (ERD), can be seen shooting a prisoner, hanging detainees from ceilings and twisting their bodies into unnatural positions and beating civilians.

Arkady was embedded in the unit. Commenting on his time there the journalist said, “When they arrested someone and brought them there, they usually called me and I captured everything on film.”

“But then I saw some violent things and tortures. And after that killing I as a journalist decided I had to publish this material and tell people about these crimes. I was just being professional.”

Continuing, Arkady said “At first they allowed me to film tortures and some other bad stuff. But in a few days they said: “OK, you can film the interrogation, but don’t film tortures.” Eventually the journalist, decided “I was getting more and more interested in the subject, I filmed some really violent stuff, so I decided to publish this material.

The US government, who alleges they cut ties with ERD in 2015, has demanded an investigation into the suspected war crimes allegations. The Iraqi government has also agreed to launch an investigation following the publication of the photographer’s files.

Credit @ Ali Arkady/VII/Redux

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