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Saturday, 15 September 2007

Sunni tribal Sheikh assassinated
Blow to Iraq's progress

From AFP
Iraqi Sunni tribal leader against al-Qaida killed by roadside bomb

RAMADI, Iraq, Sept. 13 A Sunni tribal Sheikh who is backed by the U.S. and Iraqi government to fight the al-Qaida network in Iraq was killed in a roadside bomb attack on Thursday, local police source said.

A roadside bomb detonated near the home of Sheikh Abdul Sattar Abu Risha in the Ramadi City, the capital of Anbar province, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blast killed Abu Risha, his aide and two of his bodyguards, the source said.

Earlier, the source said that Abu Risha was killed as a suicide bomber slammed his explosive-laden car into a checkpoint guarding Abu Risha's house.

As the head of the Anbar Awakened Council, an alliance of Sunni tribes in Iraq's western province of Anbar province, Abu Risha had converted to a helpful force fighting al-Qaida in Iraq.

Last week, Abu Risha attended meeting with President George W. Bush and Iraqi officials in the Anbar province during the Bush surprise visit to a U.S. military base in Iraq's western province of Anbar.

Mr Bagel:
Just when things are starting to turn around in Iraq, lead by a turn around which has happened in the Anbar province, Al-Qaida strikes at the epicenter of the positive change.

The western world needs to recognise al-Qaida doesn't play within the normal boundaries, it is a ruthless organisation which will resort to any measure to achieve its objectives.

In a time of an urgent need for unity both within Iraq and at a home in the United States, al-Qaida is deliberately targeting divisions within Iraq , weakening the resolve of the US public to see this through.

If al-Qaida achieves its aims, Iraq will become a hot bed for world terrorism.