Nine gunmen killed in Salaheddine clashes

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Nine suspected al-Qaeda gunmen were killed and 10 others were wounded when violent clashes broke out Monday (January 21st) in al-Jazeera, Salaheddine province.

"A force from the Iraqi army's 4th Division, supported by Sahwa tribal forces, attacked an al-Qaeda hideout in al-Jazeera, west of Samarra, prompting clashes that continued" overnight, Col. Hassan Lazim, Iraqi army spokesman in Samarra, told Al-Shorfa.

"The clashes broke out after al-Qaeda members refused to surrender, and began attacking the army and Sahwa forces," he said.

Deputy army commander Maj. Gen. Shaker Haleel, Samarra Sahwa leader Sheikh Falah al-Bazzi, and six soldiers and Sahwa members also were wounded in the clashes, he said.

The army has widened the scope of the operation to hunt down al-Qaeda elements who fled the area during the clashes, Lazim said.

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    ايادالكعبي

    2013-1-23

    We support the zealous people of Iraq because each day they embody the greatest epic of victory against the disbelief, represented in Al-Qaeda and the disbelieving Baath party. Best greetings to the brave general Shakir Helil, who is known for his brave battles against the remnants of terrorism. He was among those who attacked the people of deviance and the fake advocates of Islam and Arabism. Eyad Al-Ku’aibi