Iraqi Soldiers Confess to Rape
After a Sunni mother of 11 told al-Jazeera she had been raped by Iraqi soldiers, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused her of fabricating the story to stir sectarian tensions. But four men, including an officer who allegedly recorded the crime on his mobile phone, were arrested and confessed to the crime.
Update: A second Iraqi woman has accused six Iraqi police and army recruits of raping her. One of the men reportedly filmed the crime, threatening to go public with the images if she didn’t cooperate.
Wait, before you go…
Four Iraqi soldiers have been charged with raping a Sunni Muslim woman in Talafar, northern Iraq, officials say.
Brig Gen Nijm Abdullah, who acts as mayor, said the men had confessed.
It is the second time this week that members of Iraq’s security forces have been accused of serious sexual assault of Sunni women.
The first case prompted a row between senior Sunni figures backing the allegations, and the Shia-led government, which has denied them.
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has said the accusations in the first case were fabricated by Sunni groups trying to undermine the Shia-dominated security forces.
If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.
Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.Support Truthdig