Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to two people who allege they witnessed the killings.A rite of initiation that Allawi performed to win Washington's trust?
They say the prisoners -- handcuffed and blindfolded -- were lined up against a wall in a courtyard adjacent to the maximum-security cell block in which they were held at the Al-Amariyah security centre, in the city's south-western suburbs. (emphasis added, Paul McGeough, "Allawi Shot Prisoners in Cold Blood: Witnesses," July 17, 2004)
Friday, July 16, 2004
This just in from the Sydney Morning Herald: