Saturday, April 19, 2014


Iraq

Iraqi Forces Close Sunni Protest Camp, 10 Killed

Ramadi has been a focal point of Sunni protests against Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-led government.
Ramadi has been a focal point of Sunni protests against Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-led government.
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Deadly clashes have broken out between security forces and protesters in the central Iraqi city of Ramadi.

At least 10 people are reported dead in the fighting as police dismantled a Sunni Muslim protest camp.

The move on the protesters comes two days after the arrest of Sunni parliament deputy Ahmad al-Awani at his home in Ramadi, during which his brother and five guards were killed.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his Shi'ite-led government had vowed to close the Ramadi camp -- which was set up one year ago -- saying it had become a headquarters for Al-Qaeda.

Tensions in the area rose after 15 soldiers were killed in a December 21 operation against Al-Qaeda in Anbar Province, where Ramadi is located.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, AP, and dpa

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