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Law and Order must replace militias' rule in Iraq

24.11.2006

"We strongly condemn yesterday's senseless terrorist attacks in Sadr city and Athamia district in Baghdad. It is time to neutralize militias and enforce the rule of law." Said Jabbar Hasan, director of Iraqi Association in London.

It was a highly orchestrated attack that aims to unleash yet another cycle of reprisal killings and push the country closer to all-out civil war. Thursday's carnage began in the afternoon in sections of the sprawling working-class area, including a crowded marketplace.

"No good purpose can be achieved by such an indiscriminate and cruel use of terror." Said Hasan of Iraqi Association.

A new pattern of revenge has become the driver of violence in Baghdad. The sectarian-based militias in Iraq appear to be waging tit-for-tat attacks on rival groups. This violence and fear led many Iraqis, especially professionals, to flee the country. The UNHCR said earlier this month that up to 2,000 Iraqis a day are going to Syria and an additional 1,000 a day to Jordan. Overall, the U.N High Commissioner estimates that since the war began in March 2003, 1.6 million Iraqis have been displaced internally and up to 1.8 million are living outside the country.

Sadistic terrorist crimes in Iraq must inspire us to work unceasingly together in pursuit of peace, justice and respect for differences. Dissolving militias will ease the tension, which will equally break the cycle of foreign terrorists and pave the way for peace.

We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and those who have injured in the inhumane act of terror on 23rd November 2006.

For more information please contact Jabbar Hasan on 020 8741 5491 Mobile 07761 081030
Email: info@iraqiassociation.org


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