Attacks On Iraq’s Sahwa Fighters Continue

A string of attacks, mostly around Baghdad, left seven Iraqis dead and 25 more wounded. The worst of them occurred just north of the capital at the home of a Sahwa member in Taji. To the east, residents of Camp Ashraf demanded an end to a fuel ban that could endanger them during the winter.

The Mujahedeen e-Khalq Organization accused the Iraqi government of intercepting winter fuel supplies headed to Camp Ashraf. If true, the seizure would be part of the Maliki government’s ongoing campaign of harassment against the Iranian exiles. As recently as last Monday, troops and police reportedly entered the camp just to blast sirens at the residents. In the past, however, security personnel have stormed the camp, leaving death and destruction in their wake. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has threatened to forcefully close the camp by year’s end, but the United Nations is trying to broker a peaceful solution to the problem.

In Taji, two bombs were detonated at the home of a local Sahwa leader. Four people were killed, including two of Yassin Issa Daud’s children. Eight people were wounded when two more bombs exploded nearby. Three others were also wounded during the attacks. Daud was not home at the time. The Sahwa are ex Sunni fighters who teamed up with American and Iraqi forces to fight al-Qaeda. Because of this, they are often targeted by al-Qaeda groups.

In Baghdad, a police official was shot dead near Shabb stadium. Two people were wounded when a sticky bomb exploded in Binoog. A bomb in Ilam wounded three people.

A sticky bomb planted on a minibus traveling in Sadr City killed one person and wounded six others.

Gunmen killed a policeman during a home invasion in Tuz Khormato.

In Mosul, a blast wounded two soldiers. A construction worker was wounded in a shooting.

Two university professors were kidnapped in Kirkuk.

Missan province imposed a motorcycle ban for the Eid holiday.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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