Falsely Arrested and Abused in Ramadi - 09.28.2006

The man interviewed this week, Majed, shows his scars and discusses his recent detention and abuse at the hands of Iraqi security forces in Ramadi.

Despite the overwhelming impression that the assault in Ramadi, ongoing since June, is under control, there is another side to the story. Far from being an Al Qa’eda dead ender, men like Majed are the typical residents of Ramadi. Although they are anti-occupation, they have not yet resorted to violence in large numbers.

The majority of Ramadi’s residents have not joined the resistance, nor have they sided with the Occupation and what they see as an illegitimate government in Baghdad. Stories like Majed’s, of arrest and abuse without charge, may begin to explain some of the reasons for this incongruity.

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