Reuters has found.
than 700 Sunni men and boys are still missing more than two months
after the Islamic State stronghold fell. The abuses occurred despite
U.S. efforts to restrict the militias' role in the operation, including
threatening to withdraw American air support, according to U.S. and
The U.S. efforts
had little effect. Shi’ite militias did not pull back from Falluja,
participated in looting there and now vow to defy any American effort to
limit their role in coming operations against Islamic State.
told, militia fighters killed at least 66 Sunni males and abused at
least 1,500 others fleeing the Falluja area, according to interviews
with more than 20 survivors, tribal leaders, Iraqi politicians and
They said men
were shot, beaten with rubber hoses and in several cases beheaded. Their
accounts were supported by a Reuters review of an investigation by
local Iraqi authorities and video testimony and photographs of survivors
taken immediately after their release.