Closer Look Tuesday

This looks like a good place for a little Gun Control.

This looks like a good place for a little Gun Control.

No sooner am I settled in an interviewing room in the police station of Kirkuk, Iraq, than the first prisoner I am there to see is brought in, flanked by two policemen and in handcuffs. I awkwardly rise, unsure of the etiquette involved in interviewing a man who is facing the death penalty. He is small, much smaller than I, on first appearances just a boy in trouble with the police, his eyes fixed on the floor, his face a mask. We all sit on armchairs lined up against facing walls, in a room cloudy with cigarette smoke and lit by fluorescent strip lighting, a room so small that my knees almost touch the prisoner’s—but he still doesn’t look up. I have interviewed plenty of soldiers on the other side of this fight, mostly from the Kurdish forces (known as pesh merga) but also fighters in the Iraqi army (known as the Iraqi Security Forces or ISF), both Arab and Kurdish. ISIS fighters, of course, are far more elusive, unless you are traveling to the Islamic State itself, but I prefer to keep my head on my shoulders.

Rumors abound as to summary executions of ISIS prisoners without due process, but of course no one will go on the record to report such abuses of human rights. Anecdotally, we were told about a prisoner who was interrogated for 30 days but only said “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) for the entire month. “Wouldn’t you shoot him?” they asked. One peshmerga gave an eyewitness report about five prisoners captured, questioned, and shot in the head. We spoke to various military leaders who said they didn’t want to take prisoners, since injured bodies are often booby-trapped and kill approaching soldiers; for this reason the PKK has a take-no-prisoners policy. (The PKK, or Kurdistan Workers’ Party, is the Turkey-based Kurdish separatist group on the international terrorism list; in proving themselves indispensable in the fight against ISIS, they have caused a dilemma for Western governments. They are seemingly not so indispensable that those governments have felt compelled to oppose Turkey’s recent bombing campaign against them.)

Laura Gottesdiener @ THE NATION

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22 Responses to Closer Look Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    Shooting those idiots is not murder, it is making the World a better place for peace, no converting them, they are basically human drones conscripted to kill all non-believers of Islam at all costs, even their own lives. Their own disrespect for life deserves death.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Somehow my screen door opened of its own accord. Or maybe a ghost?

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Walking home last night I once again marveled at the new cars belonging to frat brothers. And then this time there was a Porsche!

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Nuevo Vallarta. Still windy out.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    The Republicants are showing their cant.

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    How many Daesh are there?

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    • Den says:

      Enough to keep the exterminators busy eradicating for years to come.

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    • Anonymous says:

      More than 60,000 is likely. So more than the Taliban.

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      • Den says:

        They make the Taliban look tame by comparison, vicious beings put here from the bowels of Hell to end the pitiful reign of the West over Earth, maybe justly so for humanities’ irreverence of the Earth, rather to plunder it’s riches for profit, perhaps it is the beginning of the end, who knows, wouldn’t matter if it was, the band will play on to a more vicious tune.

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  7. David B. Benson says:

    Still windy.

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    Lights out as far as can be seen. A large heat lightening flash so far away I never heard thunder. Somehow I think it will be some time before power is restored.

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  9. Den says:

    Might have been a transformer explosion at a substation too, they pop now and then.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Not the local one. I was here when it went off. But might have been in Colfax. More likely than thundery storms. We just have high winds.

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  10. Den says:

    Off to the races then, ta ta!

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  11. º¿carol says:

    Another one bites the dust, Bobby Jindahl. It would be nice if we never heard from you again.

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