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Iraq President Calls for Establishing State Capable of Protecting Citizens

Iraq President Calls for Establishing State Capable of Protecting Citizens

Sunday, 13 June, 2021 - 07:45
Iraqi President Salih addresses the UN General Assembly in September 2019. (AFP file photo)

Iraqi President Barham Salih called on Saturday for establishing a capable state that can protect its citizens.


In a tweet on the anniversary of the Camp Speicher massacre, he said: “We must serve justice to the martyrs and complete the victory against terrorism by consolidating a capable state that can protect its citizens and ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.”


The Camp Speicher massacre took place on June 12, 2014, when ISIS militants killed at least 1,700 people in an attack on the camp in Tikrit.


Salih added that the 2019 law of Speicher Martyrs' Rights was the least the state could offer to the victims, vowing that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.


The law states that the victims of the Speicher crime are considered martyrs, whether their remains have been found or not.


Iraqi deputy Aras Habib Kareem told Asharq Al-Awsat that the authorities must provide justice in the case given the scale of the massacre and that trauma it has had on the Iraqi people.


The massacre will remain a shameful mark against everyone who was complicit with terrorism and who helped perpetrate the crime, he added, demanding the death penalty for those involved.


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