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Iraqi Shiite Militias Clash Near Babylon

Rival Shiite Militias Clash Near Ancient Iraqi City of Babylon Until U.S. Forces Separate Them

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN

BAGHDAD, Iraq Oct 21, 2006 (AP)— Rival Shiite militiamen battled near the ancient city of Babylon on Saturday until American forces and helicopters rushed to separate the combatants.

Gunfights broke out in Hamza al-Gharbi, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, after a bomb exploded near the offices of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a leading Shiite political party that sponsors the Badr Brigades militia.

The party's supporters accused members of the Madhi Army headed by the radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr of being behind the blast, Police Capt. Muthana Khalid Ali said. He said Iraqi army and police called for reinforcements and backup from American forces, who imposed a curfew. There was no immediate confirmation of U.S. involvement from a military spokesmen.

Father south in the city of Amarah, where the Mahdi Army briefly took control on Friday, shops and government offices reopened and Iraqi army units manned checkpoints, keeping the militia fighters off the streets.


Iraqi forces clash, Bush talks of changing tactic

By Ibon Villelabeitia
Reuters
Saturday, October 21, 2006; 5:17 PM

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Shi'ite militias battled Iraqi police for a second day running and bombs killed more than a dozen people on Saturday, as President Bush talked of changing tactics.

. . .raqi Police Lieutenant Ali Naamah said violence erupted in Suwayra after some 150 Mehdi Army militiamen loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr attacked a police station in the Tigris town 45 km (30 miles) south of Baghdad. Eight gunmen died.

A Sadr spokesman said the attack on the police station was a response to a raid by U.S. troops backed by helicopters on a Sadr office that killed six people. U.S. military said it had no reports of helicopter attacks.



Gunmen stage parades in Iraqi towns

Published Saturday, October 21, 2006

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Al-Qaida-linked gunmen staged military-like parades yesterday in a string of towns west of Baghdad, underlining the growing confidence of Sunni insurgents in a part of Iraq where U.S. and Iraqi forces maintain a heavy counterinsurgency presence.

Like the audacious show of force by up to 60 insurgents in the city of Ramadi on Wednesday, the latest parades - including two less than a mile from U.S. military bases - were staged in support of an announcement this week by a militant Sunni Arab group that it had created an Islamic state in six of Iraq’s 18 provinces, including the capital, Baghdad.

The declaration was made Sunday by the Mujahedeen Shura Council - an umbrella organization of Sunni insurgent groups that includes al-Qaida in Iraq - in a video posted on the Internet.

Iraqi insurgents are not known to control any territory in Iraq, but the declaration appeared designed to counter the adoption this month of a law that paves the way for Iraq’s mainly Shiite south to establish an autonomous region similar to a Kurdish one in the north.

Significantly, two of yesterday’s four parades - involving dozens of gunmen in the towns of Haditha and Haqlaniyah - took place less than a mile from U.S. military bases, according to witnesses. There were no reports of clashes.

Besides Haditha and Haqlaniyah, parades were also held in the towns of Bani Daher and Rwah, all of which are in Anbar, a vast and mostly desert province where the Sunni insurgency has been fiercest since Saddam Hussein’s ouster in 2003. Ramadi is Anbar’s provincial capital.