12 Killed in Clashes in Iraq's Diyala
    2012-07-26 18:02:23     Xinhua       Web Editor: liuranran

As many as seven al-Qaida fighters and five security members were killed in clashes at a former al-Qaida stronghold in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a provincial police told Xinhua on Thursday.

The incident took place late on Wednesday when a group of suspected al-Qaida militants attacked a police patrol in al-Hadid area in northwest of the provincial capital city of Baquba, which located some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source said on condition of anonymity.

The attack sparked a fierce clash with the militants, prompting an Iraqi army force backed by helicopters to intervene, the source said.

The clashes resulted in the killing of seven militants and the capture of eight others, while two policemen and three soldiers were killed by the clashes, he said.

An Iraqi army helicopter was hit by a militant's machinegun, but managed to land safely, the source added.

Al-Hadid is a rural area locates some 10 km northwest of Baquba. The palm grove area had been one of main strongholds for al-Qaida militants during the years after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

On Sunday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the top leader of "the self- styled Islamic State of Iraq", al-Qaida front in the country announced a plan named "Breaking the walls" aimed at releasing Qaida prisoners and to target the country's judges and investigators, as well as to return to the previous al-Qaida strongholds that had evacuated.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border east of the country, has long been a stronghold for al-Qaida militants and other insurgent groups since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated U.S. and Iraqi military operations against them.

Share

                  


CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

 
Listen
 
 

 
 
Highlights
CHINATALKS
Video
• C4: Bad Boys
Join us for the latest episode of CRI's hilarious comedy news show.
• C4: World Cup Fever
Join us for the latest episode of CRI's hilarious comedy news show.
In Depth

News
China
World
Politics
Business
Sports
Showbiz
Sci-tech
Photo
Recommended
China
World
Sports
Showbiz
Travel
Video
C4
The Sound Stage
Showbiz
Travel
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Travel
Destinations
Photo Gallery
Recommended
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
APEC Yiwu Conference  |  China-Eurasia Expo  |  eBeijing  |  China Job  |  China Tibet Online  |  China Daily  |  Global Times  |  Xinhua  |  China.org.cn  |  CNTV.cn