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Plan targets all militants, ensures rights of innocents, al-Maliki says

Plan targets all militants, ensures rights of innocents, al-Maliki says

Iraq's prime minister told parliament yesterday the coming security sweep in Baghdad would not be the last battle against militants and said they would not be safe anywhere in the country, not even in mosques of schools.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki did not reveal the details of the plan or say when it would begin, although he promised to insure the human rights of innocent Iraqis.
"Operation Imposing Law," as he named the security operation that is bringing 21,500 more American troops to Iraq, would target Sunni and Shiite lawbreakers equally.
Past attempts by American forces and Iraqis have failed to cleanse the capital of Sunni insurgents and Shiite militiamen because al-Maliki intervened to prevent the crackdowns from going after members of the Shiite Mahdi Army that is run by one of his prime political backers, the renegade anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
The militia force is believed responsible for much of the sectarian killing in Baghdad and central Iraq in recent months. It's forces and death squads have deeply infiltrated Iraqi security forces.
"It aims to disarm all groups and only leave weapons in the hands of the government," al-Maliki said, repeating a phrase he has consistently repeated for months.
"This plan will not be the last," al-Maliki told lawmakers. "The battle between us and terrorists is open and continuous."
Some recent and audacious crimes, the kidnapping of more than 100 people from the Higher Education Ministry late last year, were carried out by gunmen in police uniforms and driving police vehicles. The attackers were widely believed to be Mahdi Army fighters who also worked in the police force.
Al-Maliki said that would no be tolerated, although those who perpetrated the mass kidnappings and other crimes while wearing official uniforms have never reported to have been apprehended.
He said five committees will be set up to work in conjunction with the military as it and U.S. troops conduct the security plan.


Updated : 2021-02-27 03:43 GMT+08:00