BEIRUT

Middle East

Iraq army general killed by shelling

  • Iraqi lawmaker Hakim al-Zamili, far left, visits fighters with "Peace Brigades" on the outskirts of Samarra, Iraq July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Loay Hameed)

BAGHDAD: Shelling west of Baghdad killed the commander of the Iraqi army's 6th division Monday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's security spokesman said.

Maj. Gen. Najm Abdullah Sudan "was killed by hostile shelling in Ibrahim bin Ali," Lt. Gen. Qassem Atta told AFP by text message.

Ibrahim bin Ali lies in the Abu Ghraib area, just west of Baghdad, near where security forces have been locked in a months-long standoff with militants who have seized control of the city of Fallujah.

The government lost control of Fallujah and parts of nearby Ramadi in January, and Iraqi forces have struggled to retake both cities.

More recently, a jihadist-led offensive overran swath of four other provinces north of Baghdad, displacing hundreds of thousands of people, alarming the international community and heaping pressure on Maliki as he bids for a third term as premier.

 
Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here