The Iraqi soldiers killed in an attack near Mosul were apparently kidnapped from a military base in Iraq before being shot at close range.
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The level of violence in Iraq has only increased since the United States military withdrew from Iraq two and a half years ago. The Iraqi soldiers killed in the recent attack were among the 42,000 troops dispatched by the government in an attempt to stop the violence being spread by Al Qaeda and hostile tribes people in the area. The United Nations estimates that 8,000 people were killed in Iraq in 2013, which is the highest level of deaths since 2007.
The rise in violence is said to be due to the long conflict between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, both of which consider themselves the only legitimate form of Islam. Iraq’s government is currently led by a Shiite majority, so the militants are presumably Sunni.
Sadoun al-Dulaimi, Iraq’s defense minister, has been fighting to retain control of Anbar after Fallujah was overrun by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a branch of al Qaeda. He says the violence may be likened to a civil war at this point:
“War has destroyed this country since 1980. Again, we are in the middle of a war. It’s war. This time we are fighting against ourselves, unfortunately.”
The Iraqi soldiers killed in the recent attacks show just how badly things have been going. A string of attacks killed 13 soldiers in various locations, but 20 of the Iraqi soldiers killed were stationed in a military base. Their bodies were said to be found with hands tied behind their backs, but other reports claim this part of the story might not be true. Whatever the case, the Iraqi soldiers were responsible for guarding an oil pipeline nearby.