10 more dead in Iraq, Sahwa targeted
Sunni tribal militias known as the Sahwa have been increasingly targeted by Sunni militants who see them as "traitors" due to their cooperation with US military efforts in the country. Many Sahwa received direct salaries from the US military (Saad Shalash/Reuters)
Attacks throughout Iraq Tuesday left 10 people dead, bringing this year's death count to more than 5,500, according to Agence France-Presse.
Two different roadside bombs detonated in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, killing three soldiers and wounding four. The bombs were targeting the army patrols.
In Iraq's Mosul, a checkpoint confrontation left one policeman and one militant dead. Another security figure was also killed in Mosul Tuesday in a separate event. Five others were wounded when a car bomb detonated in the city.
Slightly north of Baghdad, an anti-Qaeda militia leader and his sun were killed by unidentified gunmen. However, since 2006, Sunni tribal militias known as the Sahwa have been increasingly targeted by Sunni militants who see them as "traitors" since their decision to side with US military efforts to target their "co-religionists" in al-Qaeda.
More than 5,500 people have been killed in Iraq this year alone, already considered the worst year of violence since 2008. Escalating sectarian violence throughout the country has been exacerbated by the government's failure to provide basic access and services to clean water and electricity.