Yeah, We’re Liberators, Alright
NIne thousand demonstrators in Baghdad burned a US flag and held banners saying “No, no to the agreement”. This was after parliament decided to allow US troops to stay through 2011.
Earlier on Friday, a suicide bomber wearing an explosives-packed vest killed 12 people and wounded 17 others inside a Shi’ite mosque visited mainly by Sadr supporters 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.
Under the security pact, the United States will no longer be able to hold Iraqi suspects detained during the insurgency and around 16,000 mainly Sunni Arab prisoners will have to be handed over to Iraqi authorities or released.
Human rights group Amnesty International said thousands could face torture or possibly execution as a result as the pact provided no safeguards for prisoner rights.
“These prisoners will potentially be moving from the frying pan into the fire,” said Malcolm Smart, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program.Click here for reuse options!
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