War News for Friday, December 24, 2010
Reported security incidents Baghdad:
#1: Unknown gunmen killed a surgeon in western Baghdad, a security source said on Friday. “Unknown gunmen killed Dr. Ali Ismail, a surgeon while driving his own car in al-Adl neighborhood, western Baghdad, late Thursday (Dec. 23),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, noting that they used guns with silencers and fled to unknown place after the attack.
#2: The cousin of Sheikh Harith al-Dhari, the secretary-general of the Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS), was assassinated by unidentified gunmen in western Baghdad city on Thursday, a security source said. “Unknown gunmen opened fire on Sheikh Fareed Abdulkareem al-Dhari in the area of Khan Dhari, western Baghdad, killing him instantly,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
#1: The same day, four members of the Sahwa militia which opposes Al-Qaeda, including a leader, were wounded by a bomb while driving in Al-Muqdadiya, northeast of Baghdad, police said.
#1: Two houses were blown up on Friday south of Baghdad, killing five people, including three children, and wounding four other people, Iraqi police said. The pre-dawn attacks occurred within four hours of each other in Qariya al-Asriya near Iskandiriya, a city considered an Al-Qaeda stronghold before the militants were pushed out by Iraqi and American forces in 2008. Police said among those killed were a man, a woman and three children -- one of them a one-year-old -- and the wounded included a woman, a young man, and two children.
#1: “An IED went off near a U.S. military convoy in al-Mahaweel district, (16 km) northern Hilla. Possible casualties or losses could not be known as the area of cordoned off and all roads leading to the blast site blocked,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
#1: Also on Friday, gunmen killed two policemen and burned their vehicle in an ambush in the city of Samarra, north of the Iraqi capital, police said. "Two members of the federal police were carrying out a patrol in the Qadissiya area when they were stopped and killed by unknown assailants carrying automatic weapons," said a police official, on condition of anonymity. The attackers "then burned the (police) vehicle with the driver still inside and the other outside. They managed to escape," the official said.
#1: In the north, two policemen were killed and four soldiers injured when bombs went off targeting their separate patrols in Tikrit city.