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  1. Arabian Legend

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    (Reuters) - Fighting erupted when Iraqi police broke up a Sunni Muslim protest camp in the western Anbar province on Monday, leaving at least 13 people dead, police and medical sources said.

    The camp has been an irritant to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite Muslim-led government since Sunni protesters set it up a year ago to demonstrate against what they see as marginalization of their sect.

    The operation triggered an immediate political backlash as dozens of Sunni lawmakers offered their resignations.

    Maliki, who is seeking a third term in April's elections, has repeatedly vowed to remove the camp and accused protesters of stirring strife and sheltering al Qaeda-linked militants.

    Violence has spiked this year as al Qaeda-linked militants target the government and anyone seen to be supporting it, raising fears of a return to the sectarian conflict of 2006-7 that killed tens of thousands. Another 11 people died in separate attacks across Iraq on Monday.

    Police sources said Monday's clashes broke out when gunmen opened fire on police special forces trying to enter Ramadi, the western city where the protest camp is located.

    The gunmen destroyed four police vehicles and killed at least three policemen in the north of Ramadi, one source said.

    The bodies of 10 other people killed in the clashes were brought into Ramadi's morgue, hospital and morgue sources said. In Falluja, gunmen attacked army patrols deployed along the main highway leading to Ramadi.

    Many Sunnis resent Shi'ite domination of Iraq's politics since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 and empowered majority Shi'ites through the ballot box.

    Sheikh Abdul Malik Al-Saadi, an influential Sunni cleric who had called on protesters to remain peaceful, denounced the operation and called on security forces to withdraw immediately to prevent further bloodshed.

    Calling Maliki's government a "sectarian government that wants to smash and eradicate the Sunni people in its country", he urged Sunni ministers, parliament members and local officials to resign and boycott the political process.

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    A few hours later, over 40 Sunni lawmakers - a substantial portion of parliament - offered their resignations. Although not effective unless accepted by parliament's speaker, the resignations put further pressure on Maliki.

    Prominent Sunni politician Saleh al-Mutlaq called for all lawmakers from the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc to withdraw from the political process, saying it had hit a "dead end".

    "Elections in this atmosphere would be settled in advance, therefore we should raise our voices high and say the political process cannot proceed in this way," he told reporters.

    Tensions have been rising over the past few weeks in Anbar, a province that makes up a third of Iraq's territory and is populated mainly by Sunnis living along the Euphrates River.

    The army launched a major operation there to flush out al Qaeda militants after an attack killed at least 18 soldiers including an army commander on December 21.

    Then on Saturday security forces arrested a prominent Sunni lawmaker from the Iraqiya bloc in the area after killing his brother in a firefight with his bodyguards.

    The incident prompted Saadi, the Sunni cleric, to urge Sunni protesters to "defend themselves".

    Elsewhere in Iraq, three separate bombs in Baghdad killed at least eight people, police said. Three policemen were also found dead on the side of a road in the western Abu Ghraib district after gunmen abducted them, police said.

    In Tikrit, the deputy governor of Salahuddin province escaped unharmed after a car bomb exploded near his convoy, wounding four of his bodyguards, police said.

    At least 10 people were wounded when a car bomb exploded near a Shi'ite mosque in southern part of Kirkuk, police said.

    More than 8,000 people have been killed across Iraq this year, according to the United Nations.

    Fighting erupts as Iraq police break up Sunni protest camp| Reuters
     
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    Mufti of Iraq announcing Jihad against Al-Maliki and his militias.


    Al-Jazzerah clans and tribes clashes with Al-Maiki forces

     
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    A protester stands next to the wreckage of a police vehicle in Ramadi December 30, 2013.

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    Is maliki about to follow the step of bachar smarthead? We shall see. Those guys seems to be incompetent to make compromise on the difference of their nations.
     
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    Its a sectarian fight led by the Mullah of Iran to eradicate the Sunnis of Iraq, the people who stood against the US invasion of Iraq. Now al-maiki hiding behind counter terrorism law to justify his action against the Sunni people of Iraq.


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    Not again. :confused:
     
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    Police vehicles in the hands of people of Ramadi
     
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    I am aware of that bro. But, as a leader bashar and maliki should be able to place them self in between those 2 sects. It does not matter if they need to have double faces as long as they can put their 2 legs equally between those 2 groups.

    Guns would not solve their problem but rather will make it worse. Bashar's stupidity has prove it and it is not necessary to happen in iraq.

    May be not only maliki and bashar but the national armed forces of both countries should be able to do the same as their political leaders.

    Sorry, I am fail to comprehend your words. Please help me with it.
     
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    Those two scums only now the language of force. Very hard to be taught how to be civilized to engage in a dialogue where all people live in harmony and peace. Al-Maiki is sectarian to the core and Asshead is Hitler of this era.
     
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    Not good for the region. Syrian crisis is going to engulf all of middle east sooner or later.

    RIP to those who died.
     
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    It seems successful operation of Iraqi army against ISIL cowards who hide among civilians and target them has had its impact on haters and those sympathetic to them.

    Good job to armed forces of Iraq. Instead of supporting Iraq's army which has no obligation to any sect, these pathetic tribal leaders declare 'Jihad' against the government and the army, again proving their limited mental capacity which knows nothing except 'sects' and can't apprehend what a 'national' army is.
     
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    44 Iraq MPs resign after lawmaker detianed


    BAGHDAD — Forty-four Iraqi MPs announced their resignation yesterday after security forces demolished an anti-government protest site and detained a lawmaker.
    The announcement was made at a televised news conference at which the MPs also demanded “the withdrawal of the army… and the release of MP Ahmed al Alwani,” who was arrested during a deadly raid on Saturday.

    Clashes broke out yesterday in the Ramadi area, west of Baghdad, as security forces dismantled a protest camp where demonstrators had gathered for more than a year.
    Ten insurgents died in the fighting, which also spread to the nearby city of Fallujah.
    The demonstrations have tapped into long-standing grievances, who say they are marginalised by the government and unfairly targeted with heavy-handed tactics by security forces.

    44 Iraq MPs resign after lawmaker detianed | Oman Observer
     
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    The Middle East/West Asia has become a sordid mess, all thanks to the Yanks. Afghanistan is next on the line where I'm sure a civil war will break out soon after their withdrawal.

    Why the fook can't the Yanks just stay at home and watch TV? :devil: