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Monday, June 16, 2014
Rise of Shiite militias
could fracture Iraq
Fresh questions for 0bama/5A
This image posted
Saturday on a militant
website appears to
show militants from
Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant (ISIL)
leading away Iraqi
soldiers in plain clothes
after taking over a
base in Tikrit, Iraq.
AP via militant website
Militants’ photos show violence
By Qassim Abdul-Zahra
and Sameer N. Yacoub
BAGHDAD - The Islamic
militants who overran cities and
towns in Iraq last week posted
graphic photos that appeared to
show their gunmen massacring
scores of captured Iraqi soldiers,
while the prime minister vowed
Sunday to “liberate every inch”
of captured territory.
The pictures on a militant
website appear to show masked
fighters of the Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL,
loading the captives onto flatbed
trucks before forcing them to lie
face-down in a shallow ditch
with their arms tied behind their
backs. The final images show the
bodies of the captives soaked in
blood after being shot at several
Chief military spokesman Lt.
Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi con-
firmed the photos’ authenticity
and said he was aware of cases of
mass murder of captured Iraqi
soldiers in areas held by ISIL.
He told The Associated Press
that an examination of the im-
ages by military experts showed
that about 170 soldiers were shot
to death by the militants after
Captions on the photos
showing soldiers after they were
shot say “hundreds have been
liquidated,” but the total could
not immediately be verified.
U.S. State Department
spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the
ISIL militants’ claim of killing
the Iraqi troops “is horrifying
and a true depiction of the
bloodlust that those terrorists
On Friday, U.N. human
rights chief Navi Pillay warned
against “murder of all kinds” and
other war crimes in Iraq, saying
the number killed in recent days
may run into the hundreds.
Although the government
bolstered defenses around
Baghdad, a series of explosions
inside the capital killed at least
19 people and wounded more
than 40, police and hospital offi-
Security at the U.S. Embassy
was strengthened and some staff
members sent elsewhere in Iraq
and to neighboring Jordan, the
State Department said. A mili-
tary official said about 150 Ma-
rines have been sent to Baghdad
to help with embassy security.
By Hamza Hendawi
and Qassim Abdul-Zahra
BAGHDAD — Emboldened
by a call to arms by the top Shiite
cleric, Iranian-backed militias
have moved quickly to the center
of Iraq’s political landscape,
spearheading what its Shiite
majority sees as a fight for sur-
vival against Sunni militants
who control of large swaths of
territory north of Baghdad.
The emergence of the mili-
tias as a legitimate force enjoy-
ing the support of the Shiite-led
government and the blessing of
the religious establishment pos-
es a threat to Iraq’s unity, plant-
ing the seed for new sectarian
strife and taking the regional
Shiite-Sunni divide to a poten-
tially explosive level.
Iraq’s Shiite militias attacked
U.S. forces during the eight-year
American presence in the coun-
try. They also were in the lead in
the Sunni-Shiite killings of
2006-07, pushing Iraq to the
brink of civil war. Their death
squads targeted radical Sunnis
and they orchestrated the
cleansing of Sunnis from several
More recently, Shiite militias
have been battling alongside the
forces of President Bashar Assad
and Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah
against mostly Sunni rebels and
militants in neighboring Syria.
Some of them have returned
home to Iraq — first to fight
Sunni militants in Anbar prov-
ince, and now on Baghdad’s
northern fringes and in Sala-
huddin and Ninevah provinces.
Those are the areas where
the Sunni militants from the Is-
lamic State of Iraq and the Le-
vant, or ISIL, captured cities and
towns in a lightning offensive
last week. Among their gains
were Mosul, Iraq’s second-larg-
est city, and Tikrit, the home-
town of Saddam Hussein.
Security officials said Shiite
militiamen have been fighting
for months on the government’s
side against ISIL fighters in ar-
eas west of Baghdad in mainly
Sunni Anbar province as well as
parts of Diyala province north-
east of the capital. They also
have been fighting Sunni mili-
tants south of Baghdad. Their
involvement, however, has never
been publicly acknowledged by
the government of Prime Min-
ister Nouri al-Maliki.
Their enhanced role in the
fight against the Sunni militants
will deepen Iran’s influence in
Iraq, giving the non-Arab and
mostly Shiite country a role sim-
ilar to the one it plays in Syria.
Tehran has thrown its weight
behind Assad’s government in
his struggle against mostly Sun-
ni rebels and militants from al-
Qaida-inspired or linked
Shiite militiamen inter-
viewed by The Associated Press
in the past two days talk of un-
dergoing training in Iran and
then being flown to Syria to fight
on the government’s side. Once
there, they say they are met by
Iranian operatives who give
them weapons and their assign-
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Having a baby won’t mend rift
Dear Abby: Lately I have
been having problems with my
five-in boyfriend, “Ethan.” We
fight about everything, and he
refuses to admit when he’s
wrong. Ethan has been sleeping
on the couch for a week waiting
for me to take the first step and
He isn’t working and I am,
and that is probably what has
him so mad. I pay all the bills,
and he thinks I feel superior be-
cause I’m bringing in money
and he’s not.
We argue day and night,
swear and scream at each other,
and he does not appreciate ev-
erything I’m doing so we can sur-
vive. I have two daughters, he has
one, and I’m supporting all of us.
Do you think it’s a good idea
for us to have a baby? Ethan is
desperate for a child with me —
even though we can’t get along
Dear Mary Jane: Not only
do I think it’s not a good idea,
but I think it’s a terrible idea. Ba-
bies are expensive, and you’re al-
ready carrying a heavy load. I
suspect that Ethan thinks a baby
will fix what’s wrong in your re-
lationship, but he’s wrong. Don’t
do it! It would be a huge mis-
Dear Abby: In the summer
of 1995,1 was a 12-year-old girl
living in a motel in a suburb of
Cleveland with my mother, old-
er brother and younger sister.
We were poor and very hungry.
My mother led my younger
sister and me to a doughnut
shop for our only meal of the day.
After waiting for everyone to
leave, my mother approached
the young woman behind the
counter and asked to buy some
doughnuts with our foreign
coins. It was the only money we
Instead of turning us away,
she told my mother: “We’re al-
lowed to give away a certain
number of free doughnuts every
day. Just tell me what you want.”
(I don’t know if this was true.) It
was because of her kindness that
my family ate that day.
If that kind woman is reading
this, I want to say: “Thank you.
You made the hunger go away for
just a little bit, so a mother and
her children could go a day with-
out pain. You remain forever in a
little girl’s heart.”
Ursala in Messina, Italy
Dear Ursala: I, too, hope
your benefactor sees your letter.
Her generosity that day provid-
ed nourishment not only for
your bodies, but also for your
faith in the humanity of others
— and I am sure you have em-
ulated her example in the years
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that have followed. After all, isn’t
that what acts of kindness are all
Dear Abby: Once a year I
invite my mother, who fives in
Arizona, to visit me in Califor-
nia. This year, Mom has decided
to bring one of my sisters along
because “she really needs a vaca-
My sisters five in the same
city as Mom and can visit her
anytime they please. I see Mom
once a year at most, and I do not
want to share my limited time
with her. How do I let my sisters
know they’re not welcome with-
out causing a family rift?
Wants Quality Time
Dear Wants: You shouldn’t
have to tell your sisters. The per-
son you need to tell is your
mother, who should not have in-
vited anyone without clearing it
with you first. Because you’re
having trouble with what to say
to her, read her the second para-
graph of your letter to me. She
may have been well-meaning,
but she was misguided.
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Abigail Van Buren, also known
as Jeanne Phillips, and was
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