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Anti-al-Qaida leader killed in N Baghdad
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08:14, January 07, 2008

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Gunmen killed a leader of Awakening Council group in a northern Baghdad neighborhood on Sunday, a well-informed police source said.

"Ismael Abbas, one of the leaders of Awakening Council groups of the Sha'ab neighborhood was killed when unknown gunmen in a civilian car showered him with bullets," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The Awakening Councils are groups of local neighborhoods fighters, including some powerful anti-U.S. Sunni insurgent groups, who have turned their rifles toward the al-Qaida network to provide security to their neighborhoods.

Rifts emerged between the Awakening Council groups and the al-Qaida militants after the later adopted a hardline Islam and exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.


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