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Tribal leader’s murder a setback in revolt against al-Qaeda

September 23, 2018
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SHEIK Abdul Sattar Abu Risha was young for a tribal leader – only37. He was regal in flowing muslin robes trimmed in gold, with aneatly groomed goatee. (Sydney Morning Herald — 15 September, 2007)
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BAGHDAD, Sept. 13 — A charismatic tribal leader who allied himself with the United States and rallied fractious Sunni groups against extremists who claim links to al-Qaeda was killed Thursday afternoon when a bomb exploded outside his house in Anbar province. (Washington Post — 14 September, 2007)
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BAGHDAD Sept. 16- — U.S. soldiers captured a man they believe was responsible for killing Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, the leader of a Sunni tribal movement in western Iraq and a close American ally, U.S. military officials said Sunday. (Washington Post — 16 September, 2007)
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BAGHDAD, Sept. 14 — The Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq asserted responsibility Friday for planting the bomb that killed a prominent tribal leader Thursday, calling the assassination a “holy operation” that targeted Abdul Sattar Abu Risha for his alliance with U.S. forces. (Washington Post — 15 September, 2007)
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Iraqi tribal leader Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, who founded the Anbar Salvation Council, also known as the Anbar Awakening movement, one year ago today, was assassinated in Anbar province yesterday by a roadside bomb. On July 30, he spoke at his residential compound in Ramadi with Washington Post… (Washington Post — 14 September, 2007)
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Mourners vowed revenge and perseverance Friday at the funeral of the leader of the Sunni Arab revolt against al-Qaida militants who was assassinated just 10 days after meeting with President Bush in Iraq’s Anbar province. (MSNBC — 14 September, 2007)
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Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for the assassination of a Sunni sheik who had united with U.S. forces to fight the terrorist group in Anbar province. (CNN — 15 September, 2007)
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Embracing Gen. Petraeus’s limited withdrawal recommendations, president plans to offer a new mantra for strategy: “return on success.” (Washington Post — 14 September, 2007)
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American commanders in southern Iraq say Shi’ite sheiks are showinginterest in joining forces with the US military against extremists,in much the same way that Sunni clansmen in the western part of thecountry have worked with American forces against al-Qaeda. (Sydney Morning Herald — 16 September, 2007)
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VIDEO | U.S. troops detail counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq’s troubled Anbar province. (Washington Post — 15 September, 2007)
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An Iraqi police colonel was gunned down near his home in Afak on Sunday, marking the third government official killed in the Iraqi Shiite town in five weeks, an Interior Ministry official said. (CNN — 17 September, 2007)
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