Monday, July 19, 2010

46 Iraqi militiamen killed

Two suicide bombers killed 46 members of a U.S. backed anti-al Qaeda Sunni militia in Iraq, the highest such death toll in two months, an Iraqi Interior ministry official said Sunday.

Officials blamed al Qaeda in Iraq, which has frequently targeted such militiamen, though no immediate claim of responsibility was made.

The militia, called the Awakening or Sahwa in Arabic, was formed in 2006 in Anbar Province by tribal men and former members of al Qaeda and other insurgent groups who decided to join with the U.S. military to fight al Qaeda. The militia was credited for much of the security improvement in the country since 2006.

The first attack took place around 8:30 a.m. in al Radwaniya in southwest Baghdad as the members of militia were gathered near an Iraqi army post to receive their monthly salaries from the Iraqi government. A suicide bomber detonated his vest bomb in the crowd, killing 43 and injuring 40 others, including Iraqi army soldiers.

Does anyone think the 50,000 permanent troops we are leaving in permanent bases in Iraq after the "anti war" president "withdraws" from Iraq will be safe from random terrorist attacks?

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