The way Rasool Abdullah remembers it, he was in a hall with dozens of other men in an abandoned house outside Fallujah.
He was thirsty, as he had barely any water to drink for the past two days. The heat from the summer sun made the cramped quarters unlivable. His hands were tied tightly with zip ties, and from the rooms off the hallway, where he says people were being tortured, all he could hear was screaming.
“Ahmed is dead!” someone cried.
Rasool added Ahmed to his mental count. By the time he left 11 hours later, he says he’d lost the exact number of those who had fallen around him.
“Twelve or 13 people in the hall I was in died. I’m not including the people in the rooms, I don’t know their [full] names, only the number of people who are dead.”
While the recent liberation of Fallujah is being celebrated by governments from Washington to Baghdad, hundreds of civilians like those who were arrested with Rasool remain missing. The problem is that, unlike those taken by the Daesh, these civilians were arrested by Shiite pro-government militant groups operating as representatives of the Iraqi government.
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