Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Baghdad to Crush Kurdish Insurgency

A United Nations report, to be made public Thursday, accuses Iran of using mental pressure on Iraqi prisoners. The three-member team has visited prisoners in both nations. The purpose of the pressure is allegedly to turn Iraqi captives into pro-Khomeini militants.The report stops short of confirming Iraq's assertion that Iraqi prisoners in Iran have been "brainwashed" to support Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini but diplomatically suggests that Iran exercises on the Iraqi prisoners a form of "spiritual guidance that is indistinguishable from mental pressure."Iraq has begun a major offensive against Kurdish rebels. Kurdish leaders are characterizing it as "an effort by the authorities in Baghdad to crush the 40-year-long insurgency once and for all." Read full story

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