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Rivers of Babylon

Sunni insurgents in Iraq recently carried out a wave of bloody attacks in reprisal for a young woman's alleged rape by Shias. But the rape may never have taken place

By Nibras Kazimi   April 2007

Sabreen’s honour…

In March, the al-Furqan Institute for Media Productions issued footage of a group of blindfolded men, kneeling in a shallow ditch, being executed. They were said to be members of a group of 18 Iraqi soldiers and policemen who had been abducted two days earlier while on leave from their units in Diyala province. The group that claimed responsibility, the al Qaeda-led Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), had earlier issued an ultimatum to the Iraqi government: unless its demands were met, all the abductees would be killed within 24 hours. Four of the bodies that were later…

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