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April 21, 2005

Iraq's murky corpse mystery: Who are they and who killed them?

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Bodies have been showing up in the Tigris River and its's turning out to be a real who-dunnit. Relatives of people who have been missing in the area in recent weeks have been flocking to the al-Suwayra police station to examine the photographs of the buried corpses, but it may be a long time before the identity of all the corpses is established, if ever, and the remains of other victims may not even have been found.

In a country where things often turn out to be different from the way they at first seem, the retrieval of around 60 corpses from the Tigris River near al-Suwayra, south of Baghdad, is one of the murkiest and most complex stories to hit the headlines in recent months.

- BBC News

(...) At first, it seemed straightforward enough. A few days earlier, there were persistent reports of a "hostage drama" in the mixed Sunni-Shia town of Madain, about 30km upstream.

(...) Spurred by angry pressure from Shia political factions, Iraqi government security forces backed by US troops arrived in strength on Monday. They encountered no resistance and found no trace of hostages or hostage-takers.

(...) So the identity of the bulk of the victims was not clear. Were they all Shia Muslims, abducted and murdered by Sunni militants, as the immediate context of the news reports of hostages appeared to suggest?

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