Citizens say Maliki ‘responsible’ for Speicher Massacre, fall of Mosul


July 08 2017 11:54 PM
Citizens say Maliki 'responsible' for Speicher massacre, fall of Mosul
Citizens say Maliki ‘responsible’ for Speicher massacre, fall of Mosul

Residents of the Iraqi capital Baghdad stressed that former prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki is totally responsible for Speicher Massacre in which ISIS militants executed 2,000-2,200 Shia students at Speicher air base in Tikrit, the capital of Salahuddin governorate, north of Baghdad.

The massacre came immediately after ISIS terrorists had controlled Mosul city in Nineveh governorate in 2014.

In a televised interview on Saturday, a resident of Baghdad, Warda Khalil, said that she is supporting the one-million-man campaign launched by Leader of Sadrist Movement Muqtada al-Sadr. She called on Iraqi authorities to refer those responsible for the massacre to the prosecution.

Earlier, Sadr launched a one-million-man campaign that aims to uncover the truth behind the Speicher Massacre and reasons behind the fall of Mosul in ISIS hands in 2014.

The campaign was also organized by a number of Iraqi non-governmental organizations and media figures. It calls on the United Nations and the Iraqi government to form a commission of parties’ representatives to reveal the truth about the massacre.

Another resident of Baghdad, Ibrahim Jomaa said the campaign is one hundred per cent useless, adding that the victims are already dead while hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were forced to leave their homes after ISIS controlled their cities.

Also, Karim Lafta said Maliki is the one who is responsible for the Speicher Massacre and the fall of Mosul city.

He called for raising the issue to the United Nations Security Council in order to issue a resolution that forces the Iraqi government to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Akram Mohamed hailed the campaign, adding that it would shed light once again on the massacre at the domestic and international levels. He underlined that Maliki and his government are totally responsible for those incidents.

On 12 June 2014, Speicher massacre occurred at the Speicher air base in Tikrit. The victims were either shot or beheaded before their corpses were dumped into the Tigris River, which cuts through Tikrit. At the time of the attack, there were between 4,000 and 11,000 unarmed cadets in the camp.

The incident was one instance among many that ignited public discontent with the performance of former prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki.


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