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Kurdish militia tortured children to extract ISIS confessions – HRW

Child soldiers fighting for Islamic State © Jamal Saidi / Reuters


The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) - who controls parts of northern Iraq - systematically tortured boys as young as 11 using beatings, electric shocks and rape threats, to force confessions of involvement with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) according a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).


“KRG authorities should ensure the wellbeing of children captured after living under ISIS and not mistreat them,” Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at HRW said. “The brutal abuse of children produces false confessions, can cause lifelong suffering, and blurs the moral line between ISIS and its foes.”

In December, HRW researchers visited Erbil, the unofficial capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, where they spoke to 19 of at least 183 children, who are being held by Asayish, the KRG security force. Of those interviewed, 18 were Sunni Arabs, and all but one told researchers that they had suffered physical and mental abuse after …

‘Terrorist attack on Muslims’: At least 6 killed in Quebec City mosque shooting

Police officers are seen near a mosque after a shooting in Quebec City, January 29, 2017 © Mathieu Belanger / Reuters

At least six people are dead after gunmen opened fire in a mosque in Quebec City on Sunday, a police spokeswoman said, as cited by Reuters. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the shooting a “terrorist attack on Muslims.”


The attack took place at Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec (Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center) on Sainte-Foy Street.

Two suspects have been arrested so far, according to Quebec Provincial Police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe. Some of the victims were badly injured, she said, adding that those killed in the attack were around 35 to 70 years old.


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SWEDISH POLICE APPEALS FOR PUBLIC HELP DUE TO ‘UPWARD SPIRAL OF VIOLENCE’ IN MALMÖ

Police of the Swedish city of Malmö has appealed to local citizens in order to encouraged them to help police to solve scores of serious crimes.


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On Friday, chief of police of the Swedish city of Malmö, Stefan Sinteus, issued an open letter for local citizens in order to encouraged them to provide testimonies, which might help police to solve scores of serious crimes, including dozens of attempted killings, rapes, beatings, murders and other offenses, and find perpetrators in a spike in violence in the city.


“I can assure you that the police in Malmö are doing everything we can for suspected perpetrators to be held accountable. But we cannot do it on our own. We depend on you, and your witness statements, to solve these violent crimes. Therefore I appeal now to you: Help us,” Sinteus wrote.

According to the letter, potential witnesses in the murder, committed in Rosengard district of Malmö city on January 14 and claimed the life of 16-year-old Iraqi b…

US PARATROOPERS ATTACK YEMEN’S BAYDA PROVINCE: 40 KILLED, INCLUDING CIVILIANS – REPORT

US paratroopers have carried out a series of ground and air raids in the Yemeni village of Yakla in Bayda province.


US paratroopers of the Army’s 4th 25 Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), part of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo (KFOR), jump with parachutes during a military drill near the village of Ramjan on May 27, 2015 (Photo: Getty Images / Armend Nimani)

A series of ground and air raids has been carried out by US paratroopers in the Yemeni village of Yakla, located in Qifah district of Bayda province, a number of media reported. Reportedly, about 30 aircraft, such as the Apache helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, took part in the attack. As a result, 57 people, including civilians, were killed.

According to Saudi media, there were 16 civilians, including women and children, among killed during the assault. The rest part of killed was represented by al-Qaeda terrorists, including its three ringleaders.


“The operation began at dawn when a drone bombed the home o…