IRAQ - Neo-Salafis Seek Sinjar Haven Near Syrian Border.
The attacks involved four trucks packed with up to five tons of explosives and levelled entire sections of the villages of Qahtaniya, al-Jazeera, and Tal 'Uzair in the Sinjar area about 32 km from Syria. "More than half of our village has been destroyed, and the rest of the homes are not suitable", said an elderly man on local TV, standing amid the devastation of Qahtaniyah, which looked more like the aftermath of an earthquake. "Families are now wandering in the wilderness. We ask the central government for help and compensation".
The strike hit one of the most impoverished parts of Iraq and targeted an insular community battling for survival. Most were sheepherders or made pickles and arak, an alcoholic drink. US and Iraqi officials said it was similar to the July attack on the village of Amerli in a remote corner of Salahuddin Province which killed 185, mostly Turkmen Shi'ites.
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|Date:||Aug 20, 2007|
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