A CNN report out of Basra gives a dark insight into the work and values of the religious groups in the city. After the pullout by the British, groups meted out their own justice according to their own perverse understanding of Islam. Rape of women and killings were common. In one case, a woman was executed for living without her husband.
In the story, one woman named Sabriya details how her sons were killed one after another for being found drinking or simply for their cars. Her sister’s offense against Islam was living without a husband. “They said [to her], ‘Why don’t you have a husband?’ ” Sabriya says. “They came in at night and put a pillow on her face and shot her in the head.”
The good news is that the Iraqi forces appear to be making progress. However, there remains a question as to the conditions and treatment of women in a country that we are maintaining with American lives and treasure.
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