Iraqi commander denies paramilitary groups involved in killings

February 9, 2015 12:00 PM

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Iraqi commander denies paramilitary groups involved in killings

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi lawmaker and paramilitary commander Hadi al-Amiri defended Shi'ite fighters at the forefront of the battle against Islamic State from accusations of mass executions and burning homes, and urged the United States to upgrade Iraq's military capabilities.

Amiri, one of Iraq's most powerful men, told Reuters in an interview over the weekend nobody from pro-government paramilitary groups had set foot in the village of Barwanah where the worst of the atrocities is alleged.

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