News : Human rights
- Published: Thursday, 24 July 2014
By Iran News Update Staff
The Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order, largely comprised of former members of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party, has condemned the recent forced expulsion of Iraqi Christians from Mosul after the city came under Islamic State control. Furthermore, the Men of the Naqshbandi Order dissociated itself from the broader activities of the Islamic State. Despite not mentioning that group by name, a post on the Men of the Naqshbandi Order’s website said that they are:
“…an extension of the former national Iraqi army and includes all the factions of the Iraqi people such as Sunnis, Shiites, Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen as well as Christians, Yazdis and Sabeans who want to liberate Iraq and relieve it from subordination.” It added: “We don't have any connection or coordination with any group ... which calls for dividing Iraq and its people on ethnic and sectarian basis.”
If sincere, this statement is at odds not only with the principles of the Islamic State, but also with the policies of Iran in the region, which have advanced Shiite interests to the exclusion of all others.
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