Gunmen broke into the home of two Sahwa fighters in Baghdad. The men killed the two fighters and all of their family members. A total of seven people were killed.
AP reports that the attack took place in the neighborhood of Dora. The gunmen entered the home of the Sahwa fighters when they were sleeping.
In recent days, Sahwa forces have increasingly come under attack by Islamic militants. The Sahwa fighters joined forces with the U.S. military at the height of the war to fight Al Qaeda. Since then, they have been labeled as traitors by Sunni militants who have targeted them in a series of deadly attacks.
Violence in Iraq has increased since April this year to levels not seen since 2008.
More than 5,000 people have been killed over the past six months alone. Over half a million people have died since the start of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq in 2013.