Shiite militias within the Iraqi army, known as the Hashd al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), recently claimed that a Turkish passport has been found on a Daesh militant in a village near Mosul, which, however has turned out to belong to a Turkish diplomat, who was held captive by Daesh when the terrorist group stormed the Turkish embassy in Mosul back in 2014.
According to Sabah newspaper, the diplomat Mehmet Argüç's old passport was cancelled after Daesh had seized it. Speaking to the daily, Argüç said, "It saddens greatly that my cancelled passport was used to smear against Turkey."
Argüç had worked at the Economy Ministry for a while and later retired.
The Hashd al-Shaabi spread photos of the passport on social media, claiming it was found on a dead Daesh militant. The group also contended that Turkey has not cared about militants traveling from Turkish cities to Iraq and Syria to fight for Daesh.
Contrary to the claims, Turkey has taken preventive measures against foreign fighters joining Daesh as it imposed bans on more than 37,000 people willing to enter the country. In addition, more than 3,000 people have been deported.
Despite the fears that a sectarian war could emerge from the ongoing Mosul operations, Shiite militias within the Iraqi army continue to be at the forefront, bearing their sectarian banners and flags on their way to Mosul, a predominantly Sunni Arab city.
It is feared that if the Shiite militias enter Mosul once it is liberated, extremist groups within the group, such as the Hashd al-Shaabi, will commit serious human rights violations in the city.
There are already international human rights reports that accuse the extremist Hashd al-Shaabi group of torturing fleeing Sunni civilians. Amnesty International on Oct. 19 published a report saying Shiite militias had committed "serious human rights violations, including war crimes" against civilians fleeing Daesh-held villages.
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