Shi’ite Militia Pulled out of Anbar; 123 Killed across Iraq

The U.S. military has encouraged the Iraqi government to remove Shi’ite militiamen from the battles in Ramadi. The fighting then resumed with increased Coalition airstrikes, which may or may not have been contingent on the removal of those forces. A similar request occurred in Tikrit after fighting stalled there. There are conflicting reports as to how strong the American request was. Many Federal policemen have arrived to take the militiamen’s place.

Local officials in Anbar had rejected the use of the militiamen in their predominantly Sunni province, but the Shi’ite-led government in Baghdad has ignored their requests. Because of mistrust, the government has also been slow to arm pro-government Sunni fighters in the province. The greater fear, however, is that the militiamen will cause more Sunnis to turn against Iraq.

At least 123 people were killed and another 16 were wounded.

Militants executed 35 members of the al-Bofarj tribe in Ramadi. A blast in the Albu Faraj area killed five people and wounded 37 more, including 13 security personnel.

Mortar fire in Taza wounded three Turkmen militia members.

About 120 teenagers were kidnapped from various schools in the greater Mosul region.

Clashes in the Hamrin Mountains left 30 militants dead.

Twenty militants were killed in airstrikes near the Baiji refinery.

Peshmerga forces killed 18 militants in Zummer.

A militant leader and his aide were killed in Hawija.

Seven militants were killed in Haditha.

In Fathah, six militants were killed.

Four boatloads of militants were killed trying to sneak into al-Baghdadi.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has
been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.