IRAQI TRANSLATOR DISCRIBED AS ‘DEATH SQUAD’ FOR SUPPORTING BRITISH TROOPS.

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“I’m scared. You can feel the risk. At any moment someone could break down the door of my house and fire five bullets,” says Ali.

“One bullet hit me, one shot at my wife and three at my three daughters.”

Ali (real name changed) says he and his family were targeted by Iraqi insurgents while working as a translator for the British army.

He says that although his work is risky, he is satisfied with it because of his patriotic spirit.

But after the United States assassinated Iranian military commander Qasim Suleimani and senior Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Ali’s work suddenly became dangerous.

He no longer works for the Coalition Forces, but feels he has been left behind by the British who have returned from Iraq.

When a BBC correspondent met Ali and his friend Ahmed (name changed) at a hotel in Baghdad, they appeared frightened.

“We knew where to go or who to knock on. We came to the BBC and we want our voices and stories heard by the people of the UK and the UK government.”

Same family

They say they are part of a larger family when they joined the British Army in Iraq two years ago.

He is one of eight translators working with the British military to work under the US-led International Coalition to Fight Islamic State.

The UK Ministry of Defense says British troops have helped train more than 120,000 Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers over a six-year period.

The translators were assisting British advisers stationed in a key coalition camp to train Iraqi special forces.

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According to him, when the British troops expressed concern about the security of the camp, the translator used to gather information about the possible danger from around the camp.

“They told us not to work at our own risk. But we said you are our brothers and we want to keep you safe,” Ahmed said.

“We love our country and they came to help our country, so it was a matter of pride for us to work with them.”

‘Target’

But in January 2019, President Trump ordered the assassination of Suleiman, Iran’s most powerful military commander, and his Iraqi ally in Baghdad, angering the Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary force.

Troops in the west have been targeted, and Iraqis working with them have been branded traitors.

According to Ali, the situation became tense and Iraqi forces trained by the coalition began to treat them as enemies.

Rocket attacks are now frequently carried out in coalition arenas, according to unidentified militia groups.

Many experts see the new groups as a front for Shia militias, such as the powerful Shiite militia group Katib Hezbollah.

A U.S. official said the groups had evidence that they were Iranian-backed anti-Western militias.

He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture, and that his confession had been obtained through torture.

An unidentified militia group has issued several warnings urging Iraqis working with coalition forces to resign immediately.

Terror

A group responsible for the rocket attacks on several coalition bases and the US embassy in Baghdad had placed a message in a telegram offering money for translators working with the US coalition.

“Today we offer to forgive those who have wronged themselves and the country by serving the American and British and other enemies of Iraq. You will be provided with a monthly salary and security if you come in contact with us,” the statement said.

The “salary” they offer is 3,000 a month for a translator and up to 50,000 for a person assisting US and British intelligence agencies.

According to Ahmed, the warning sent a message to the militia that those who did not cooperate with it were considered enemies.

“The only difference between us and the coalition is that they launch rocket attacks on the coalition and shoot us,” he said.

After Suleiman’s assassination, several armored vehicles carrying coalition supplies were attacked with explosives.

Such “zombie militias” have been posting videos on social media after the attack, saying they were happy to target the US military.

In particular, the armored vehicles are contracted and driven by Iraqis, and no US or coalition forces are involved.

Ali said his personal details would not be leaked to the coalition while working with British troops, adding that even his wife was not fully aware of his work.

Privacy

However, with the coronavirus epidemic looming in Iraq, special government permits were issued for air travel.

A list seen by the BBC provided the full names, identity cards, positions and car details of eight translators, including Ali and Ahmed, to the Iraqi security forces.

The eight were said to have provided information to Iraqi checkpoints to facilitate their movement.

Checkpoints in Iraq are manned by a variety of security personnel, including powerful anti-US Shiite armed groups.

“This means that information about us has reached the militia,” Ahmed said.

The coalition has handed over eight camps to Iraqi forces since mid-March, and has significantly reduced the number of troops.

Ali and Ahmed also withdrew from the work camp before being assigned to British troops.

Now Ahmed, Ali and his comrades have become unemployed and insecure, and the militia is living in a dreadlocks to capture them.

The coalition’s British deputy chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Kev Kopsy, denied that the Iraqi translator’s details were available to others.

He said personal information would be protected and that such details would not be shared with the Iraqi security forces or the government.

But when he mentioned that he had seen reliable documents about it, he said that he would understand more.

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