The massacre of the Iraqi army detachment at Camp Speicher in June was unprecedented even by the standards of Iraq’s decade of sectarian war. For the survivors and the families of victims, the killers themselves are not the only villains in the story. They blame the government and local tribespeople in the surrounding Salahuddin province, who they say promised the recruits safe passage and allowed them to be led to their deaths. Government officials dispute these accounts. They say there was no promise of safe passage, and the unarmed recruits left the safety of the base despite having been ordered to stay.
Footage of the massacre and a survivor’s story can be seen at War Documentary Films. (Warning Graphic)