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A Very British Killing: The Death of Baha Mousa by A. T. Williams

By A. T. Williams

On 15 September 2003 Baha Mousa, a inn receptionist, was once killed through British military troops in Iraq. He were arrested the day prior to this in Basra and was once taken to an army base for wondering. For forty-eight hours he and 9 different blameless civilians had their heads encased in sandbags and their wrists certain through plastic handcuffs and have been kicked and punched with sustained cruelty.

A succession of guards and informal military viewers took excitement in beating the Iraqis, humiliating them, forcing them into tension positions in temperatures as much as 50 levels Centigrade, and observing them endure within the soiled concrete development the place they have been held. different infantrymen, officials, medics, the padre, didn't participate in the violence yet they observed what used to be occurring and did not anything to prevent it. a few knew it was once unsuitable. a few weren't convinced. a few have been too scared to interfere. yet none acknowledged something or sufficient until eventually it was once a ways too overdue and Baha Mousa have been crushed to death.

This ebook tells the interior tale of those crimes and their aftermath. It examines the institutional brutality, the bureaucratic apathy, the fallacious army police inquiry and the farcical courtroom martial that tried to carry humans criminally dependable. even supposing an entire public inquiry said its findings into the crimes in September 2011, its mandate constrained what it could possibly say. the total tale, instructed with the ability of a true-crime disclose or court-room drama, indicates how this used to be no longer easily a couple of few undesirable males or 'rotten apples'. It shines a gentle on all these concerned with the crime and its research, from the bottom squaddie to the elite of the military and politicians in cupboard. What it finds is devastating.

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The Orwell Prize (2013)

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On March 16, 1988, the Iraqi military attacked Halabjah, a Kurdish city of 70,000 located approximately fifteen miles from the border with Iran; the city had recently been captured by peshmerga aided by Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces. In what was partly counterinsurgency operation and mostly retaliation for its capture, more than 5,000 civilians were killed in operations using chemical weapons—mustard, nerve, and cyanide gas. Chemical attacks against civilian targets recurred throughout the summer.

We will destroy all the weapons, if they destroy their weapons. But if they keep a rifle and then tell me that I have the right to possess only a sword, then we would say no. As long as the rifle has become a means to defend our country . . ”43 Will Saddam be a good neighbor in the region? In a speech commemorating the end of the Iran-Iraq war—and in tones oddly echoing biblical prescriptions on behavior—Saddam accused Turkey and the Gulf Arabs of “treachery and disgrace” for harboring the planes that kill the men, women, and children of Iraq.

War began again, with the Kurds in control of the entire northern region and aided by Iranian Kurds. Baghdad’s response was to bomb villages, destroy those under Kurdish control, and try to Arabize strategic areas. Over the next seven years and through successive Iraqi governments, Baghdad tried to quell the north; the Kurds aided Baghdad by factional infighting. 21 There were intermittent cease-fires between the Kurds and Baghdad, but by the mid-1960s Baghdad had been drawn into armed clashes with Iran, with Baghdad accusing Tehran of providing arms and safe haven to the rebels and Tehran accusing Baghdad of attacking Iranian border villages.

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