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January 10, 2017
Pro-Iraqi militias using arms from 16 countries: Amnesty
London (AFP) Jan 5, 2017
Pro-government Iraqi paramilitaries accused of war crimes are using arms from at least 16 countries, including the US and Iran, according to an Amnesty International report released on Thursday. The predominantly Shia militias were formed in 2014 to support the Iraqi government in its fight against the Islamic State group and have since committed war crimes, Amnesty said. The Sunni Arab community has been targeted by paramilitaries, which have acted with total impunity in carrying out extrajud ... read more

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Singapore armoured vehicles seized by Hong Kong customs
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