In an explosive TV interview published last week, Iraq’s Grand Mufti Rafi Al-Rifa’i, the highest Sunni authority in the country, accused the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) the Iraqi Government, and Iraqi Shiite Militias, of mass genocidal killings and rape of Sunni men and their women from Sunni Iraqi towns and villages liberated from ISIS (Islamic State), or Daesh.
The Sunni Mufti Al-Rifa’i posed the unanswerable question, “Why should we fight ISIS? So the Iranian IRGC can take over? The same Iranian IRGC that is running operations in Iraq.” The Iraqi Sunni Mufti Al-Rifa’i is the religious leader of roughly 8 million Sunni Muslims who live in the western parts of Iraq.
Overall there are about 22 million Sunni Muslims who live in eastern Syria and Western Iraq that form the current target of the Daesh, and the Iranian IRGC.
The Iranian Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the key Iranian governmental army. Unlike the regular Iranian Army or artesh tasked with the regular military duties of defending Iran's borders and maintaining internal order — according to the Iranian constitution—the Iran Revolutionary Guard or pasdaran is empowered to more like special forces, military intelligence, and overseas military/intelligence operations.
The IRGC is officially recognized as a direct component of the Iranian military under Article 150 of the Iranian Constitution. Therefore, its actions and possible war-crimes are the direct actions and direct responsibility of the Iranian Government itself.
In a tragic retelling, the Sunni Mufti Al-Rifa’i described that when the Iraqi Sunni town Jurf al-Sakhar was libertated. "The men are immediately separated from the women and children,” then “nobody knows what happened to the men,” intimating they were immediately mass-murdered. To top things off, the women and children were not allowed to return to their homes and left “without a roof over their heads.” He added, “Orchards were bulldozed, and houses and (Sunni) mosques were burned down.”
Ominously the cleric added, “This has happened in each and every (Sunni) city” that has been “liberated” by the Iraqi government. He mockingly related that the Iraqi Government called the “liberation” of the Sunni city of Jurf al-Sakhar, as “Jurf Al-Nasr” (“victory”), but from his description it was a Shi’ite genocidal massacre of Sunni civilian men, women, and children.
Then, Sunni Mufti Al-Rifa’i went to the heart of the matter and the central problem of the Obama policy of targeting only the Sunni ISIS. He asked, “Am I supposed to fight against ISIS, so (Shi’ite) militias can come in an rape our (Sunni) women?” The Mufti Al-Rifa’i stated “If the Iraqi government wants all Iraqis to stand as one, they must act justly. Whoever talks about the slaughter by ISIS should also talk about the slaughtering (of Sunnis) by the (Shi’ite) militias. Islam is a compassionate religion. We are not stupid enough to start an internal (Sunni) fight only so that the (Shi’ite) militias come and slaughter us.”
It is clear that while trying to solve the terrorism of Daesh, the American policy of attacking only Sunni terrorists is allowing Iranian terrorists to commit genocide against the Sunni Arabs in Iraq and Syria.
Luis Fleischman has worked as adviser for the Menges Hemispheric Security Project at the Center for Security Policy on issues related to Latin America, hemispheric security, democracy, and U.S policy in Latin America. He is the author of "Latin America in the Post-Chavez Era: The Threat to U.S. Security." Fleischman is an adjunct professor of sociology and political science at Florida Atlantic University Honors College and FAU Lifelong Learning Society. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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