100 Iraqi Sheiks Stage Hunger Strike- Demand Al-Qaeda Be Crushed

The sheiks want Al-Qaeda out.

A relative of Fatima Adnan, 2, killed in an attack on a village carried out by suspected al-Qaida militants, grieves while holding her body in his arms in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. Dozens of suspected al-Qaida militants showered the Shiite village of Dwelah, about 75 kilometers (45 miles) north of Baghdad, in the volatile province of Diyala with mortar rounds Saturday, then stormed the streets, killing at least 13 Iraqis, torching homes and forcing hundreds of families to flee, police said. (AP Photo / Alaa al-Marjani)

100 Iraqi sheiks are holding a hunger strike in Baghdad.
They are demanding that military forces be sent to their Diala Province to smash the remaining Al Qaeda insurgents.
Voices of Iraq reported:

The head of al-Salam awakening council on Monday said that more than 100 chieftains representing Diala province will stage a hunger strike until their demands are met.

“More than 100 chieftains representing Diala, who are at a sit-in for the 4th day running in Baghdad, protesting the deteriorating security situation in their province, will start a hunger strike tomorrow until their demands are met,” Sheikh Ibrahim Ali Zidan al-Ankabi told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

He explained that the angry protestors demanded the government to wage a military campaign in Diala to out an end to al-Qaeda’s the Islamic State in Iraq, restrict the possession of arms to security personnel, and cancel the popular committees which have been established in the province.

“More than 100 chieftains from Diala staged a sit-in in Dananir Hall in central Baghdad’s al-Rasheed Hotel, following talks with the government over improvising security conditions in Diala,” a source from the Diala awakening council told the VOI last Friday.

Baaquba, the capital city of Diala province, lies 57 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Violence in the Diala province was lessened by 68 percent since some 300 chieftains signed an agreement to bring about peace in the province. Now the sheiks are demanding that the violence be reduced even further.

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