Anti-Qaeda militia attacked while protests rage in Iraq

Published February 23rd, 2013 - 06:00 GMT
Iraqi anti-government protesters shout slogans following the weekly Friday prayers in the western city of Ramadi. (AFP PHOTO/AZHAR SHALLAL)
Iraqi anti-government protesters shout slogans following the weekly Friday prayers in the western city of Ramadi. (AFP PHOTO/AZHAR SHALLAL)

Seven members of an anti-al Qaeda militia were killed as Sunni-led protests against new anti-terror legislation continued across Iraq, Al Jazeera reported on Friday.

According to Iraqi officials, speaking to the news agency, members of the pro-government militia, known as 'Sahwa' were attacked in a town north of the capital, Baghdad. Sahwa members fought with US troops during the 2003 invasion and have been targeted ever since. 

Meanwhile, thousands of Sunni Muslims took to the streets of Ramadi, Mosul and Baghdad to protest against anti-terrorism laws that they say target them as a minority.

Since the arrest of the bodyguards of Iraq's Sunni finance minister in December, protests have spread across the country leading to calls for Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki's resignation and increasing sectarianism. 

"Protestors were all united under the same theme for this Friday’s protest: 'Iraq or Maliki'," Al Jazeera’s correpsondent, Jane Arraf, said.

 


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