April 25, 2013 • 5 Comments
Third Day Of Iraq Unrest Leaves 96 Dead
A third day of widespread unrest across northern Iraq led to the deaths of dozens. At least 96 Iraqis were killed and 79 more were wounded, but the final tally is unknown as many of the casualties went uncounted in the chaos.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appeare
d on television and called for calm while promising to squash the nascent Sunni rebellion. A few Sunni army personnel are said
to be deserting their posts rather than fight fellow tribesmen.
in Suleiman Beg
continued, but no figures were released on the additional number of casualties. The city appears
to remain under the control of the militants. It is believed
that most of them belong to the Naqshabandiya Army.
also took place in Baquba
, but the number of casualties, if any, was not reported.
An oil pipeline was damaged
in an explosion near Shirqat
A checkpoint in Dour
was also attacked
and taken over.
Kurdish rebels are withdrawing
and returning to their camps in northern Iraq as part of a peace process that could end the decades-long guerrilla war. The fighting has frequently cross the border into northern Iraq, where it not only disrupted rebel activities but also killed civilians.
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