Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, death squads have taken root in Iraq’s political core, and with the strengthening of Shiite militias by the Iranian regime, they have been used as a tool to inflict fear, to ensure that Iraq’s autocratic political body remains under Shiite control.
A general view of the Akre refugee camp, a former prison, in Iraq May 17, 2016. (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
Network of secret prisons
U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks to the media on the situation in Iraq on the South Lawn of the White House, before his departure for vacation in Martha's Vineyard, in Washington, on August 9, 2014. (Reuters)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi in Tehran on June 20 2017. (AFP)