American Soldiers Commit Rape in Iraq
- Mafkarat al-Islam: eyewitness testimony about US rape, murder of Iraqi
family in al-Mahmudiyah in March.
exerpted from the Iraqi Resistance Report
Saturday, 1 July 2006
In a dispatch posted at 11:55pm Makkah time Saturday
night, Mafkarat al-Islam submitted its correspondents'
in-depth report on the rape and murder case in March
that the American military have now been compelled to
Mafkarat al-Islam noted that the number of rapes of
Iraqi women committed by US occupation troops is
already legion and continues to climb. Many women
have been victimized within Abu Ghurayb and the other
prisons; while many others have fallen prey to the
rapists in American uniform who prowl the large prison
that is occupied Iraq.
But there is one case of rape that has come to the
surface in recent days, which stands out for a
savagery and brutality that goes beyond all bounds.
On an afternoon in March 2006, a force of 10 to 15
American troops raided the home of Qasim Hamzah Rashid
al-Janabi, who was born in 1970 and who worked as a
guard at a state-owned potato storehouse. Al-Janabi
lived with his wife, Fakhriyah Taha Muhsin, and their
four children `Abir (born 1991), Hadil (born 1999),
Muhammad (1998), and Ahmad (1996).
The Americans took Qasim, his wife, and their daughter
Hadil and put them in one room of their house. The
boys Ahmad and Muhammad were at school since the time
the Americans invaded the home was about 2pm. The
Americans shot Qasim, his wife, and their daughter in
that room. They pumped four bullets into Qasim's head
and five bullets in to Fakhriyah's abdomen and lower
abdomen. Hadil was shot in the head and shoulder.
After that, the Americans took `Abir into the next
room and surrounded her in one corner of the house.
There they stripped her, and then the 10 Americans
took turns raping her. They then struck her on the
head with a sharp instrument according to the
forensic medical report knocking her unconscious
and smothered her with a cushion until she was dead.
Then they set fire to her body.
The neighbor of the martyred family told the
correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam:
"At 2pm a force of Americans raided the home of the
martyr Qasim, God rest his soul. They surrounded him
and I heard the sound of gunfire. Then the gunfire
fell silent. An hour later I saw clouds of smoke
rising from the room and then the occupation troops
came quickly out of the house. They surrounded the
area together with Shi`i `Iraqi National Guard'
forces, and they told us that terrorists from
al-Qa`idah had entered the house and killed them all.
They wouldn't let any of us into the house. But I
told one of the `National Guard' soldiers that I was
their neighbor and that I wanted to see them so that I
could tell al-Hajj Abu al-Qasim the news about his son
and his son's family, so one of the soldiers agreed to
let me enter.
"So I went into the house and found in the first room
the late Qasim and his wife and Hadil. Their bodies
were swimming in blood. Their blood had spewed out of
their bodies with such force that it had flowed out
from under the door of the room. I turned them over
but there was no response; their lives were already
The neighbor continued his account: "Then I went into
`Abir's room. Fire was coming out of her. Her head
and her chest were on fire. She had been put in a
pitiful position; they had lifted her white gown to
her neck and torn her bra. Blood was flowing from
between her legs even though she had died a quarter of
an hour earlier, and in spite of the intensity of the
fire in the room. She had died, may God rest her
soul. I knew her from the first instant. I knew she
had been raped since she had been turned on her face
and the lower part of her body was raised while her
hands and feet had been tied. By God, I couldn't
control myself and broke into tears over her, but I
quickly extinguished the fire burning from her head
and chest. The fire had burned up her breasts, the
hair on her head, and the flesh on her face. I
covered her privates with a piece of cloth, God rest
her soul. And at that moment, I thought to myself
that if I go out talking and threatening, that they
would arrest me, so I took control of myself and
resolved to leave the house calmly so that I could be
a witness to tell the story of this tragedy.
"After three hours the [American] occupation troops
surrounded the house and told the people of the area
that the family had been killed by terrorists because
they were Shi`ah. Nobody in town believed that story
because Abu `Abir was known as one of the best people
of the city, one of the noblest, and no Shi`i, but a
Sunni monotheist. Everyone doubted their story and so
after the sunset prayers the occupation troops took
the four bodies away to the American base. Then the
next day they handed them over to the al-Mahmudiyah
government hospital and told the hospital
administration that terrorists had killed the family.
That morning I went with relatives of the deceased to
the hospital. We received the bodies and buried them,
may God have mercy on them."
The neighbor went on: "Then we decided that we must
not be silent so we asked the mujahideen to respond as
quickly as possible. They responded with 30 attacks
on the occupation in two days, bringing down more than
40 American soldiers. But our blood was still not
cooled, so we decided to go to al-`Arabiyah satellite
TV to tell them the story since it is a station that
broadcasts in Iraq. But al-`Arabiyah paid no
attention to us and said we were liars. They told us
that their policy was to rely on official
announcements issued by the American army, and that
they were not able to get into a story over which they
had no power. This was told to us by the al-`Arabiyah
correspondent Ahmad as-Salih. So we went to local
newspapers and they slammed the doors in our faces
because we are Sunnis and the rape victim was a Sunni
girl. But the Resistance fighters told us that God
does not allow the blood of any Muslim to be lost, and
they told us to patiently persevere and we would see
such a punishment for the blood of `Abir and her
family, for the violation of the honor of our sister,
a punishment that would make people's hair stand on
"I personally wasn't surprised that Umm `Abir [`Abir's
mother] came to me on 9 March 2006 and asked that
`Abir be allowed to spend the night with my daughters.
She was afraid because of the way the occupation
troops looked at her when she went out to feed the
cows. I agreed to that because there was an
occupation forces' command post just 15 meters from
Qasim's house, God rest his soul. But frankly I
thought it unlikely that anything would happen to the
girl because she was only something like 16 and she
was just a little girl. But I agreed and she spent
one night at our place and then went back to her home
in the morning. We had no idea that the occupation
troops would carry out heir crime in broad daylight."
The neighbor concluded: "The occupation troops came
last Friday that is, one day before the Mafkarat
al-Islam correspondent visited the scene of the crime
and asked the people of the area to exhume the body
of `Abir to conduct tests on it. And they also asked
me to provide eyewitness testimony and I will go
anywhere to make sure that justice is served."
Mafkarat al-Islam was the first news agency to
disclose the crime committed by US troops on that
March day in al-Mahmudiyah.
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