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Iraq News Summary (16 May 2015)

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Sectarian militias affiliated to current officials kill 120 Sunni civilians during one week in Diyala and abduct 62 others within the same week
Human rights report published Saturday said; that sectarian militias backed by the current government and its security forces, proceeded to the assassination and kidnapping of more than 180 civilians in Diyala province, within one week.
News agencies cited the (Baghdad Center for Human Rights) as saying in the report; that 120 civilians in cities across Diyala province; been killed on a sectarian basis by militias run by current government officials during the period between the 8th - 15th of May, explaining that most of these crimes took place infront of the government forces or in coordination with it.
The report added that 62 people, including women and children; were kidnapped during the same period and taken to unknown locations, their fate is unknown yet, stressing according to eyewitnesses and local residents that the perpetrators are groups of so-called "popular mobilization" who carry out their crimes using official government cars and vehicles.
According to the report; all the murders and kidnappings took place in cities (Baquba, Muqdadiyah, Khalis, Balad Ruz and Kanaan) by gunmen wearing government military uniforms and putting bands around their heads with written sectarian phrases, as well as they were riding government 4WD vehicles.
US-led Coalitionof the occupation forces; has launched 12 airstrike affected many cities in Iraq last night, as acknowledged by the coalition statement published Saturday morning.
According to the statement; the airstrike hit cities of Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar province, and the city of Baiji in Salahuddin province, and the raids carried out on a daily basis under the pretext of targeting militants, while reports from the field indicate that they affect the infrastructure and residential houses belonging to citizens there.
Killing of nearly 100 component of the government and the Awakening security forces, and more than 150 others wounded during armed clashes in the city of Ramadi on Friday Anbar province.
Three people were killed and 15 others were injured, in two bombs in separate places on Saturday south and east of the capital Baghdad.
A government army element was killed and seven others wounded, including an officer as a result of two blasts targeting their patrol on Saturday north and south of the capital Baghdad .
The killing of a university professor when an adhesive bomb exploded in his car Saturday morning west of the capital Baghdad, according to a current Interior Ministry source .
Unidentified gunmen assassinated a government employee in an attack on Saturday north-eastern city of Baquba, capital of Diyala province, a government security source in the governorate confirmed that.
The Mayor of (Tuz) in Salahuddin province, (Shallal Abdoul) has revealed a loss of four members of the protection force of the current President of the country (Fuad Masum), near Khalis in Diyala province.
One person was killed and three others were wounded; in a blast on Saturday north of the city of Baquba, Diyala province which suffers of the sectarian militias' crimes that wreak havoc there.
Five people were killed, including three women when unidentified gunmen on Saturday to break into their house in central Baghdad, where security situation is deteriorating continuously.
The government army forces and militia of the so-called "popular mobilization" launched violent missile strike on Saturday evening affecting most of the Fallujah neighborhoods, leaving 25 dead or wounded besides massive material damage.
Militias, the so-called "popular mobilization" have abducted a citizen and theft of his car central city of Samarra in Salahuddin province, in a crime is not the first of its kind committed by those militias in the city over the past months.
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