Skip to main content

Iraqi Army Clashes With Protesters Spark Tribal Unrest

Clashes between Sunni protesters and the Iraqi army in Fallujah in western Iraq have aggravated the demonstrations, with tribal leaders threatening retaliation, writes Ali Abel Sadah.
A wounded protester is carried during clashes with security forces in Fallujah, 50 km (31 miles) west of Baghdad, January 25, 2013. At least three people were killed on Friday when Iraqi troops opened fire during clashes in Falluja city with Sunni protesters rallying against Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, officials and witnesses said. REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3CXG6
Read in 

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki failed to maintain discipline and control over his military forces in the matter of the demonstrations held by Sunni Arabs in the city of Ramadi in western Iraq. As a result, four were killed and nearly 40 wounded when Iraqi troops opened fire with live ammunition in Fallujah, the capital of western Iraq. This took place on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 just before the protesters launched a two-week sit-in bearing the name “No Retreat.” It was immediately followed up by reports that three Iraqi soldiers had been kidnapped and two more killed in the same region.

According to the protesters’ version of events, some of them left the main roadway leading to the area of the sit-in in the town of Ramadi and began to head toward the military base located some three kilometers away. They chanted against Maliki and threw rocks and water bottles at the soldiers. Half an hour later, the soldiers decided to open fire upon them.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.