Continued violence in Iraq
Iraq, Military, 7/1/2005
Confrontations and acts of violence continued in Iraq on Thursday left in killing several Iraqis in various parts of the country. Two Iraqis, one a police man, were killed during an assassination attempt targeting col. Shalan Abdul Khaleq, the police commander in Baqouba, to the north east of Baghdad. Other four were injured in the attack followed by a fire exchange with the attackers.
Unidentified persons killed the cousin of the national security advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubei as well as other four in a shop to the west of Baghdad. The American forces killed member of the Iraqi federation board for Judo, Ali Ibrahim, in al-Amereyah area to the west of Baghdad. One official in the Iraqi Olympic committee said that the American forces opened fire at Ali Ibrahim ( 35 year old) when he was slow in moving in his car despite the orders of the American forces.
In Musil to the north of Baghdad, two girls were killed while heading to an office for the Kurdistani National Federation party where they were working, as stated by one official in this party in Irbil city.
Meantime, the US army continues its operations in Heit city of al-Anbar governorate to the west of Iraq where 13 persons suspected to be members of the armed groups were arrested. An American military spokesman said its forces faced little resistance since the beginning of the operation. It is the fourth operation of its kind to the west of Iraq.
Witnesses said that the American forces besieged their city from all side and launched large scale acts of detention and arrest. They indicated that the marine soldiers on Thursday broke into 100 trade shops and houses in the city which seemed like city ghosts and was empty from cars and passersby. The American used explosives to blow up doors.
Meantime, Col, Adnan Abdul Rahman of the Iraqi ministry of the interior said that more than 1000 suspects, arrested in operation "lightening" launched by the Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and its surrounding, will be brought within the few coming days to the court under charges of committing crimes.
On the other hand, the American forces released the chief of Zeigh tribe, Sheikh Daher Khamis al-Dari, the cousin of the secretary general of the Muslim Scholars Commission in Iraq, Harith al-Dari, after he was arrested on Wednesday together with his four children in Khan Dari to the west of Baghdad.
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