118 killed in two days of Iraq violence—officials

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The body of Maad Hammad is taken for burial in Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Hammad was killed when Iraqi security forces backed by helicopters raided a Sunni protest camp before dawn Tuesday, April 23, 2013, prompting clashes that killed scores of people in the area and significantly intensified Sunni anger against the Shiite-led government. AP PHOTO/EMAD MATTI

BAGHDAD—Two days of violence in Iraq have killed 118 people, 99 of them in clashes and attacks involving security forces, protesters and their supporters, officials said on Wednesday.

The violence also wounded 245 people, 194 of them in protest-related unrest, they said.

The trouble began early on Tuesday, when clashes broke out after security forces moved into an area near Hawijah in northern Iraq, where protests have been held since January.

The fighting killed 53 people, and a series of revenge attacks left another 27 dead. A further 15 were killed in apparently unrelated unrest, officials said.

On Wednesday, another 23 people died in violence, 19 of them in protest-related unrest.

Protesters have taken to the streets in Sunni-majority areas of Iraq for more than four months, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and decrying the alleged targeting of their minority community by the Shiite-led authorities.

The latest spate of violence is the worst protest-related unrest since the demonstrations began.

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  • Cobra

    this is the american legacy that should be remembered & studied by other countries in the region.Under Saddam Hussein Iraq got one of the highest standard of living in the Arab world,his authoritarian regime limited civil rights but it was peaceful & no religious extremism.He was an old american lapdog like the ones in Cuba,Honduras,Vietnam,Iran & to a certain extent Marcos in the Phils.The people in Libya,Egypt & Syria should have a good look at the chaos brought about their Arab spring which all has roots in western countries demanding democracy in these countries.Is there a sinister motive behind all these calls?who is benefiting from all of the turmoil?Remember Americans went to war in Vietnam when they accused the north of sinking one of their navy ships which was a lie,they went to Iraq because of apparent weapons of mass destruction,they are trying to convince the world that Iran is trying to produce nuclear weapons & Syria is using chemical weapons against it’s own people.Thousands are getting killed around the world everyday because big countries want to “play” God & find justifications on their deeds no matter how much misery they inflict on others.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    And this philippine government is ready to dispatch OFW’s in that troubled area!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sid.ahed Ahed Siddique

    By the One God who created the entire universe,jews want to capture iraq as well as al aqsa mosque,and if the will try to do so then muslims will of the entire world will stand against them.Allah knows what is concealed and what is revealed.he will chastise soon the disbelieving jews who forcibly stormed palestine nd killed thousands of innocents.And yes making sects is forbidden in Islam.Prophet Muhammad was a muslim niether shia nor a sunni.

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