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Caption: Iraq ,Mosul 16 April 2013, Sunni protest against Maliki Government, the city center is surrounded by Iraqi Army, I am smuggled in out by Sunni "resistance" dressed up as a local religious.
Following four months of protests, on Friday 19 April, an Iraqi officer was killed in clashes between security forces and protesters in Hawija, a town west of Kirkuk. Following the refusal of residents to hand over suspected perpetrators the security forces sought; Hawija was then put under siege.
On the morning of 23 April, a security forces operation against the Naqshbandiya Army in Hawija resulted in over 56 deaths and dozens of other protesters injured. The clashes erupted after security forces entered the area that was being used as a sit-in by Sunni protesters against the government. The Ministry of Defence issued a statement that read 20 armed men were killed, as well as three army personnel - one officer and two soldiers; it also mentioned that the armed men used the protesters as cover and that the army has arrested 75 fighters and seized 40 rifles and some grenades. Another officer said that 34 Kalashnikov assault rifles and four PKM machineguns were also found. Sheikh Abdullah Sami al-Asi, a Sunni provincial official, said the violence resulted from the security forces entering the area and trying to make arrests. U.N. spokeswoman in Iraq, Eliana Nabaa, confirmed there were casualties. There was also retaliatory violence in the surrounding Sunni-majority region where other gunmen attacked police checkpoints in Riyadh and Rashad until a military counterattack a few hours later. On the same day, at least 21 others were killed as they left Sunni mosques in Baghdad and Diyala. Following the raid, Sunni tribal leaders called for a revolt.
Credit: eddy van wessel