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Kurdish deputy security chief killed by Ansar al-Islam

The deputy security chief for the Kurds in the northeastern Iraqi province of Sulaimaniya has been shot dead by Islamic militant group Ansar al-Islam, linked by Washington to al-Qaeda, an official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said. Sulaimaniya’s deputy security chief, Hama Hussein, was shot dead Wednesday afternoon by four Ansar members, as he approached the house where his forces had them surrounded in the middle of the city, the official said. The militants had agreed to negotiate with Hussein and, as he walked towards the agreed meeting point, he was hit by bullets, the official said. In the ensuing battle, three Ansar members were killed and one arrested, the official said. Along the porous border with Iran, Ansar, espousing a puritanical vision of Islamic law, ruled a handful of villages for nearly two years and allegedly struck up ties with the al-Qaeda terror network before being crushed by US special forces at the end of March. Full Story

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