Wednesday, October 31, 2007


US military: 3 al-Qaida-linked militants killed in clash in the northern city of Kirkuk

: U.S. military units hunting for a senior al-Qaida belligerent leader killed three suspected terrorists Wednesday after surrounding a edifice in the northern metropolis of Kirkuk, the military said.

The military said alliance military units surrounded the edifice and demanded that the residents come up out. A fighting broke out when alliance armed forces units spotted a grouping of work force "manuvering" on the building's roof, according to a U.S. military statement.

The senior al-Qaida leader, who was not named, is suspected of playing a prima function in a series of character assassinations and car-bomb assaults in the violence-plagued northern city, the military said.

The clang came around the same clip as a failing character assassination effort on an fact-finding justice in Kirkuk. Police Brig. Gen. Sarhat Qadir said gunmen inch a vehicle attacked Judge Zaher al-Bayati around 8:30 a.m. in the city's southern al-Wasiti neighborhood.

Two escorts were killed, Qadir said, but Al-Bayati, somes Turkoman, was unharmed. Today in Africa & Center East

About 20 proceedings later, drive-by taws opened fire on an intelligence military officer as he was driving with his married woman and daughter, the police force head said. The intelligence military officer escaped injury, but both his married woman and 5-year-old girl were both hurt.

Tensions are rising in Kirkuk in progress of a projected referendum on whether the oil-rich city will fall in the semi-autonomous Kurdish part of Iraq, largely governed by the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Kirkuk, 290 kilometres (180 miles) North of Baghdad, is the topic of competing claims by Kurds, Arabs and Turkmenistan ethnical groups.

Some of Kirkuk's Kurds have got also supported Turkey's threatened military trading operations against guerrillas Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, who are hiding along the Iraq-Turkey border. Many Iraki Kurds support the PKK.

A U.S. armed forces offense this springtime against al-Qaida fastnesses in Diyala state in cardinal Iraq, pushed insurrectionists north to Kirkuk.

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