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Cable 655: Ministry of Interior Special Police Commandos Tied to Abductions and Extrajudicial Killings in Iraq

Cable 655: Ministry of Interior Special Police Commandos Tied to Abductions and Extrajudicial Killings in Iraq

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This is a 2006 US embassy report on a meeting between a US diplomat and Brigadier General Ahmed Taha Al Mosawi, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (MOI) Director for Internal Affairs, who asserted that MOI Special Police Commandos were responsible for widespread abductions and extrajudicial killings throughout Iraq.
This is a 2006 US embassy report on a meeting between a US diplomat and Brigadier General Ahmed Taha Al Mosawi, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (MOI) Director for Internal Affairs, who asserted that MOI Special Police Commandos were responsible for widespread abductions and extrajudicial killings throughout Iraq.

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P 142017Z FEB 06FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDADTO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2695S E C R E T BAGHDAD 000462SUBJECT: MINISTRY OF INTERIOR INTERNAL AFFAIRSCHIEF ACKNOWLEDGES MOI HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
Classified By: POLITICAL COUNSELOR ROBERT S. FORD,FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D).¶1. (S) Summary: Ministry of Interior Director forInternal Affairs Brigadier General Ahmed Taha AlMosawi (strictly protect) told Poloff February 8that he has evidence linking MoI Commandos towidespread abductions and extra-judicial killings.Saying that he was too fearful for his life and thelives of his family members to pursue extensiveaction on this evidence, he did note that he hadpresented reports directly to the Minister ofInterior, Bayan Baqr Jabr. With his interpreter asthe only other Iraqi present, General Ahmed claimedthat generally little follow-up on these reportshas been pursued by the Minister. When asked todescribe the type of evidence he presented, BGAhmed was not specific. End Summary.2. (S) BG Ahmed said he had a large amount ofinformation implicating the police commandos, agroup he described as being largely infiltrated bythe Badr Corps and Jaysh al-Mahdi militia groups.BG Ahmed listed specific instances in which he says
 
the commandos carried out ransom-motivated kid-nappings as well as politically-motivatedassassinations. In one case, he cited the February7 assassination of a director of Iraqi NationalIntelligence. However, when asked about the typesof evidence in his control to link the commandos tothese human rights violations, BG Ahmed was notspecific. When asked whether any investigation wasongoing as to allegations that the MoI was involvedin the targeting, illegal detention, and subsequentkilling of Sunnis, General Ahmed indicated that hewas uncomfortable answering that question, butclaimed that he did have some "evidence."¶3. (C) BG Ahmed told Poloff that he had raisedmany of these allegations with Bayan Jabr directly.He claimed, however, that Jabr had taken littlesubstantive action on these reports other thanmoving perpetrators of these human rights crimes toserve in other areas of the country, such as theSyrian border.4. (C) In an earlier January 18 meeting withCommanding General Civilian Police AssistanceTraining Team (CPATT) MG Joseph Peterson, BG Ahmedstated that when he had brought cases ofcorruption, detainee abuse, or Iranian influence toMinister of Interior Jabr's attention, Jabrimmediately fired the individuals, and if theevidence warranted it, remanded their cases fortrial. He added that he had assigned officers tofollow through with the Ministry of Justice on eachof the cases being prosecuted. On February 13, heprovided documentation to CPATT officials onspecific cases the office has prosecuted. Accordingto the document, six cases were remanded for trialand at least one officer was transferred out of 20

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