Iraq: 5 Policemen Killed In Western Iraq


Salon Staff
January 17, 2012 1:36PM (UTC)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say five Iraqi policemen have been killed in an insurgent attack on their checkpoint in the western half of the country.

A police officer says Tuesday's assault occurred in the Anbar province town of Rutba as the police were guarding the highway that links Iraq to neighboring Jordan.

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A doctor in a nearby hospital confirmed the death toll. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Anbar province was a former al-Qaida in Iraq stronghold and the birthplace of the pro-government Sunni militia that fought al-Qaida. The attack came two days after gunmen stormed a government compound and killed seven policemen in the provincial capital of Ramadi.


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