Gunmen kill seven members of Iraqi family

Updated 28 November 2012
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Gunmen kill seven members of Iraqi family

YARMIYAH, Iraq: Gunmen armed with silenced weapons attacked a house in a town north of Baghdad yesterday, killing seven members of a family, including three young children, security officials and a medic said.
Two members of the family, including one of the dead, belonged to the anti-Qaeda Sahwa militia force, made up of Sunni tribesmen who resisted the militant group and helped turn the tide of the war in Iraq.
The attack in the town of Tarmiyah took place about 4 a.m. (0100 GMT). Among the dead were three children aged two, three and seven.
The violence comes a day after a wave of 15 bombings and a shooting in Iraq killed 19 people and wounded 71.
Violence in Iraq has decreased dramatically from its peak in 2006 and 2007, when brutal sectarian violence swept the country, but attacks remain common.
According to Iraqi government figures, 144 people were killed and 264 wounded in attacks last month.


Transition government, elections to follow weapons decommissioning: New UN envoy's road map for Yemen

Updated 29 min 20 sec ago
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Transition government, elections to follow weapons decommissioning: New UN envoy's road map for Yemen

  • Martin Griffith the UN special envoy to Yemen hopes to float a new blueprint
  • Yemen's foreign minister said he will work with Houthis as long as weapons are decommissioned

LONDON: The UN special envoy to Yemen has returned to the country armed with a new political settlement to end the ongoing war.

Sources were quoted by Al Sharq Al-Awsat that Martin Griffith the UN special envoy to Yemen hopes to float a new-old blueprint to end the war by getting the parties to agree to a political settlement based on a transitional period to be followed by elections if both parties to the conflict agree to his plan.

Griffith hopes to start political talks without addressing the armed groups and their weapons, in the hope of addressing this sensitive issue later.

The proposed talks center around a negotiation process between a legitimate government and the proponent of the coup carried out by the Houthi militia backed by Iran in September 2015.

Yemen’s foreign minister Andel Malek Al-Mekhlafi said that his government is willing to work with the Houthis in a unity government in a transitional phase, as long as weapons are decommissioned; “so that we don’t legitimize the coup and its gains,” Al-Mekhlafi said.

While Yemen awaits practical steps to apply the UN special envoy’s vision, many experts in Yemen question the Houthi militia’s intent and commitment to any political settlement, with many believing that they will wait for orders from the Iranian government.