Iraqi Troops Fire on Protesters; 14 Killed, 72 Wounded Across Country
Friday: 14 Killed, 72 Woundedby Margaret Griffis, January 25, 2013Print This | Share This
Five weeks ago, Baghdad arrested several bodyguards working for Finance Minister Rafi al-Issawi, who is Sunni. That set off protests across Sunni regions of Iraq, but they have been mostly peaceful. Today, the soldiers deployed to Falluja prevented demonstrators from reaching a protest after weekly prayer services. Apparently, the arrest of three demonstrators, drove the protestors to throw rocks and water bottles at the troops. At first, the soldiers responded by firing into the air, but then turned the guns on the demonstrators. Because a number of armed civilians were seen roaming the streets, a curfew is in effect. Anbar’s provincial government announced that federal police will replace the soldiers now stationed in Falluja.
Meanwhile, at least seven Iraqis were killed and two more were wounded in other violence.
Police conducted a raid in Jazira
, where they killed four gunmen and destroyed a car bomb factory.
Rockets fell on the Dijla Operations Command H.Q. in Kirkuk
, but no casualties were reported.
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Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.
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