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Kurdish Forces Linked to Mosul Disappearences?
Pro-Resistance Websites Say Mosul Families Search for Missing at Pesh Merga Site
05/30/2008 4:44 PM ET
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Some Iraqi websites opposed to the post-2003 regime in the country are reporting that bodies of missing Mosul citizens have appeared in an installation of Kurdish forces operating in the city.

The al-Yaqen website, with the Sunni Arab resistance movement in the country, writes that "eyewitnesses from among the people of Mosul" report that "tens of families in the city of Mosul went to the medical administration to search for the bodies of their missing relatives after government forces found a cache including tens of corpses in an installation that was occupied by Pesh Merga forces in the al-Tank district in Mosul city.

One of the witnesses, reportedly speaking anonymously by telephone with al-Yaqen said that "Families searched for their members who were missing who were arrested by the Kurdish Pesh Merga forces and whose fate was unknown

Families said that Asayish and Pesh Merga forces have conducted raids and instpections from time to time on the pretext of searching for wanted men, without the participation of Iraqi forces. Those who are arrested are taken to unknown places, family members told al-Yaqen.

Yaqen also cites family members who allege that the Kurdish forces raids were conducted "to control some of the areas of the city of Mosul before the beginning of the so-called Lion's Roar military campaign" that was launched earlier in the month in the northern city.

The al-Rabita website has also picked up the report, citing al-Yaqen.

Both al-Rabita and al-Yaqen are opposed to the presence of foreign forces in Iraq and opposed to the post-2003 regime. Closely identified with the pro-resistance segment of the Sunni Arab population of Iraq, the two sites are also hostile to the Kurdish movement for independence or greater autonomy.

IraqSlogger cannot confirm the al-Yaqen report at this time.


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