Four killed, oil pipeline bombed in Iraq violence
22 August, 2013
BAGHDAD: Attacks in Iraq killed four people, damaged an oil pipeline and hit a Shia shrine on Wednesday, as the country grapples with a months-long spike in violence.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has vowed to press ahead with operations to try to stem the bloodshed, which has claimed more than 3,500 lives already this year, but analysts say Iraq is not tackling the root causes of the unrest.
In the deadliest attack, gunmen broke into the house of a local anti-al Qaeda militia chief west of Baghdad, killing his son and cousin.
Sunni militants consider the Sahwa, a collection of Sunni tribal militias that joined forces with the United States and turned against al Qaeda from late 2006, to be traitors and frequently attack them.
Also on Wednesday, five bombings in three different cities north of the capital killed a civilian and a policeman, wounded four others and damaged a local Shia shrine.
Meanwhile, Iraq's oil exports via Turkey were halted by three separate but apparently coordinated attacks targeting an oil pipeline in the northern provinces of Nineveh and Kirkuk.