“Iraq Insurgents Kill Senior Sunni Leader” But were they really “insurgents”? From AP via Interest Alert:
Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms broke into the home of a senior Sunni leader on Wednesday and killed him, his three sons and his son-in-law on the outskirts of Baghdad, his brother and an interior ministry official said.
Khadim Sarhid al-Hemaiyem was the leader of the Sunni Batta tribe and the brother of a parliamentary candidate in the Dec. 15 election, the official Maj. Falah al-Mohammedawi said. Another of the slain man’s brothers said the family has been attacked before.
‘A group of gunmen with Iraqi army uniforms and vehicles broke into my brother’s house in the Hurriyah area and sprayed them with machine gun fire, killing him along with three sons and his son-in law,’ said his brother, Nima Sarhid Al-Hemaiyem. ‘His eldest son was assassinated one month ago in the Taji area, northern Baghdad, when unidentified men shot and killed him.’
Al-Mohammedawi said government forces were not involved and the investigation was focused on insurgents.
‘Surely, they are outlaw insurgents. As for the military uniform, they can be bought from many shops in Baghdad,’ he said. ‘Also, we have several police and army vehicles stolen and they can be used in the raids.’…
More than 160 Iraqis, most of them Shiites, have died in a wave of spectacular suicide operations across Iraq since Friday.