From Abu Ghraib to the Haditha massacre, where 24 women and young children were brutally murdered by US Marines; it’s easy to lose count of the rape and murder committed by coalition forces in Iraq.
After the Haditha massacre, General Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, "Clearly the individuals involved - if they are responsible for the things they are being accused of - have not performed their duty the way that 99.9% of their fellow marines have."
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that 99.9% of US forces conducted "themselves in an exemplary manner".
Sadly the conduct of the other 99.9% of US troops is far from "exemplary" and the Haditha massacre is just the latest in a string of abuses that have come to light in Iraq.
A report filed by Iraqi police on 15th March accused US troops of rounding up and deliberately shooting 11 people, including five children and four women, in a house in Ishaqi. Video footage released by the BBC showed the aftermath of the massacre where gunshot wounds to the bodies of the adults and children were clearly visible.
Seven marines and a navy sailor are being held over claims they murdered an Iraqi on 26th April in Hamandiya and then covered it up.
This is not to mention the torture at Abu Ghraib and countless other atrocities committed since the occupation of Iraq three years ago.
These latest abuses are only the tip of the iceberg in what has become the "norm" amongst US and coalition forces operating in Iraq. Even the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has criticised coalition forces for what he describes as habitual attacks against civilians.
The response from the US Military to this endemic abuse has been to order troops to undergo "ethics training" where they will receive lessons in "core warrior values". Lieutenant-General Peter Chiarelli, commander of the Multinational Corps in Iraq said, "As military professionals, it is important that we take time to reflect on the values that separate us from our enemies. The challenge for us is to make sure the actions of a few do not tarnish the good work of the many."
The age-old colonial myth that western troops fight as gentleman under strict rules of engagement against a barbaric and savage enemy who have no rules, has clearly been put to rest in Iraq.
Far from winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people through the superior conduct of their armed forces, the coalition troops are hated by ordinary people who cannot wait for their departure. Khalid Nisaif Jassim whose pregnant sister was shot by US troops as she was rushed to hospital in Samarra said, "God take revenge on the Americans…. They have no regard for our lives."
Historically the armed forces of the Islamic Caliphate were renowned for their tolerance and superior conduct in battle. The sharia contains strict and detailed rules of engagement for Muslim soldiers fighting jihad.
Muslim soldiers are not blinded by hatred, committing massacres and atrocities as we have seen with the Haditha massacre. Muslims are very conscious when fighting of not transgressing the limits set by the creator - Allah (swt).
Dying as a martyr (shaheed) on the battlefield is the highest honour in Islam, the reward of which is immense. To gain this reward and status the soldier must fight for the correct reasons and not for anger, pride, money or sectarianism.
Prisoners of war are not tortured and mistreated as we find in American run prisons.
The Caliphate's armed forces aim to minimise any collateral damage during battle. They won’t have the 'trigger happy' attitude of American troops who routinely shoot entire families at checkpoints as they did to Khalid Nisaif Jassim's pregnant sister.
When the Christian armies launched a holy war against the Caliphate in the Crusades, the streets of Jerusalem were knee deep in blood from the slaughtering by the Crusader armies. However, when the Caliphate's armed forces under the command of General Salahudin Ayyubi re-conquered Jerusalem, the Crusader army was allowed to surrender and given safe passage back to Europe.
With the re-establishment of the Caliphate the world will once again witness the exemplary conduct of the Caliphate's armed forces as it did with General Salahudin Ayyubi and his army during the crusades.