Iraq probes evidence of death squad

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant A U.S. general said American forces had found evidence of a death squad operating in Iraq’s Interior Ministry, the Chicago Tribune reported on its Web site Wednesday evening. An American military official in Baghdad confirmed the report but declined to provide further details. Maj. Gen. Joseph Peterson, who commands the civilian police training teams in Iraq, said the 22 men were employed by the Interior Ministry as highway patrol officers. The bodies of Sunni Arabs, bound and gagged and shot in the head, have been turning up in Baghdad for months, fueling allegations of sectarian killings, which Sunni Arab leaders say often are carried out by Shiites in army or police uniforms. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq’s Interior Ministry has launched an investigation into claims a police death squad has been operating in Iraq, a top official said today. The probe was launched as police found the bodies of 10 more men who had been shot dead execution-style and dumped in three different areas of Baghdad’s predominantly Shiite suburb of Shula. Maj. Gen. Hussein Kamal, Iraq’s deputy interior minister in charge of domestic intelligence, said the probe was launched following U.S. military claims that soldiers had detained 22 men wearing police uniforms who were about to kill a Sunni Arab man. “We have been informed about this and the interior minister has formed an investigation committee to learn more about the Sunni person and those 22 men, particularly whether they work for the Interior Ministry or claim to belong to the ministry,” Kamal told The Associated Press. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA feast of music and dance is on the menu for Easter Sunday to mark the anniversary of John Newton’s historic arrival in Donegal.It was on April 8, 1748 that the crippled cargo ship The Greyhound found refuge in Lough Swilly.  On board was a ‘wretch’  – a foul-mouthed slave trader called John Newton.  His dramatic escape from death was the turning point of his life.  He went on to pen what is arguably the world’s best loved hymn and to mentor William Wilberforce in his epic battle to abolish the slave trade.Inishowen Gospel Choir will headline the “Amazing Grace Concert” at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel with award winning hip hop dance crew WC Seven G adding some contemporary flare and excitement. Songs from well-loved musicals, traditional music, a photography exhibition and a re-telling of John Newton’s story will contribute to a varied programme that offers something for all the family.Proceeds from the event will support of the work of the White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre where clients have embraced “Amazing Grace” as their anthem.  Fr Neal Carlin explained how addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling can be a form of modern-day slavery.TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn hopes to be among the guests for the concert.  Speaking of the significance of the John Newton story to Inishowen, he said, “We remember John Newton for the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ which is certainly a wonderful gift to humanity but more importantly, I believe was his mentoring of William Wilberforce.  It is hard to find a more inspirational story.“I love the idea that my beloved Lough Swilly gave birth to one of the greatest stories in the history of mankind – the struggle to abolish the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.” “The Amazing Grace Concert” – Easter Sunday 8 April, 7.30pm at The Inishowen Gateway Hotel.  Tickets €5 (under 12s free) – tea and coffee on arrivalFor more information about the connection between Lough Swilly and Amazing Grace, please visit or the Amazing Grace Country facebook page.Tickets for the Amazing Grace concert are on sale at the Buncrana Tourist Office or from info@amazinggrace.ieGOSPEL CHOIR CONCERT TO MARK ‘AMAZING GRACE’ WRITER’S DONEGAL ARRIVAL was last modified: April 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOSPEL CHOIR CONCERT TO MARK ‘AMAZING GRACE’ WRITER’S DONEGAL ARRIVALlast_img read more