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Bodies Found North of Baghdad as Sunni Insurgents Turn on Each Other

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Bodies found north of Baghdad as Sunni insurgents turn on each other BY ISRA' AL-RUBEI'I AND MAGGIE FICK BAGHDAD Mon Jul 14, (Reuters) - Residents of a town north of Baghdad found 12 corpses with execution-style bullet wounds on Monday, after fighting between rival unni insurgent groups that could eventually unravel the coalition that sei!ed uch of the north and west of the country# $he incident points to an intensification of infighting between the %sla ic tate and other unni groups, such
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  Bodies found north of Baghdad as Sunni insurgents turn on each other BY ISRA' AL-RUBEI'I AND MAGGIE FICK BAGHDAD   Mon Jul 14, (Reuters) - Residents of a town north of Baghdad found 12 corpses with execution-style bullet wounds on Monday, after fighting between rival unni insurgent groups that could eventually unravel the coalition that sei!ed uch of the north and west of the country#$he incident points to an intensification of infighting between the %sla ic tate and other unnigroups, such as supporters of for er dictator adda &ussein, which rallied behind the al 'aeda offshoot last onth because of shared hatred for the hiite-led govern ent in Baghdad#olice in Mu*dadiya, a town +  (. iles) northeast of the capital, said residents fro the nearby town of aadiya found the 12 corpses on Monday after intense fighting overnight  between %sla ic tate fighters and the /a*shbandi 0r y, a group led by adda allies#ince the %sla ic tate swept through %ra*i cities and proclai ed its leader caliph of all Musli s last onth, there have been increasing signs of conflict with other unni groups who do not necessarily share the al 'aeda offshoots reection of %ra*s borders or its severe interpretation of %sla #ashington, which recruited other unni fighters to defeat al 'aeda during the 3## surge offensive in 24-25, hopes other unnis will again turn against the %sla ic tate and can be lured bac into a power-sharing govern ent in Baghdad#$he hite &ouse has pressed for an inclusive govern ent in Baghdad, but so far hiite ri e Minister /uri al-Malii has ignored calls fro unnis and 6urds to step down in favour of a  less polarising figure who would allow unnis a greater voice#aadiya, a ostly unni town, was overrun by %sla ic tate ilitants on 7une 1, the sa e day the city of Mosul fell to the insurgents# %t is located in 8iyala, a ainly rural province north of Baghdad where lush irrigated fields have long sheltered ar ed groups that resent the arrival of outsiders#Residents say the town is a stronghold of /a*shbandi 0r y fighters who supported the %sla ic tate when it first swept into the area, but have since clashed with the group#0 doctor in the Ba*uba orgue, where the corpses were taen, said the en all bore bullet wounds to their heads and chest, though there was no sign of torture# &e said the en had been dead no ore than 29 hours#$he people who found the bodies said the en were /a*shbandi fighters in their 2s and :s, and bla ed the %sla ic tate for the execution-style illings# $he aadiya residents brought thecorpses to police in Mu*dadiya because the police in their town fled on 7une 1 when the insurgents swept in#;ocal govern ent official 0h ad al-<arghosi, who also fled, told Reuters that he esti ated =  percent of the town had fled north# <arghosi, speaing fro the town of 6hana*in, said fighting had been raging for a wee between /a*shbandi locals and the %sla ic tate ilitants#$hough locals said the /a*shbandi 0r y enoys strong support in aadiya, the %sla ist ilitants are far better e*uipped# $hey have been seen with heavy weapons and ilitary vehicles including &u vees in towns they sei!ed last onth, e*uip ent apparently taen fro the ar y which received billions of dollars worth of 3## hardware in recent years#%nfighting between unni insurgents could doo their bid to reach Baghdad, as well as  prospects for consolidating control under the %sla ic tates blac flag in regions they have taen#$hough the %sla ic tate, then nown as the %sla ic tate in %ra* and the ;evant (%%;), spearheaded last onths offensive, it relied on support fro fellow unnis eager to drive out forces loyal to Maliis hiite-led govern ent#0 ey ally for %%; was the /a*shbandi 0r y, believed to be led by >!!at %brahi al-8ouri, adda s for er deputy and the only top e ber of the dictators entourage still at large since the 2: 3##-led invasion that toppled hi #0n audio recording of 8ouris voice surfaced on a website loyal to adda s ousted Baath arty on aturday night with a essage heaping praise on the al 'aeda offshoot, although apparently acnowledging divisions a ong insurgent rans# $he authenticity of the recording cannot be verified#%ra*s national ar y and allied hite ilitias have been fighting the %sla ic tate for days over  a ilitary base next to Mu*dadiya and trading control of nearby town of adur, which Maliis ilitary spoes an said unday the ar y had retaen#0880M->R0 ?@;@/>; 6%;;>8$he spoes an, ;ieutenant Aeneral 'assi 0tta, said on unday the ar y had also sei!ed  bac the nearby village of /awfal after days of fighting#%n that village, /as*hbandi fighters and the %sla ic tate are still fighting together against govern ent forces# even /a*shbandi e bers were illed on Monday during a battle against govern ent forces and hiite ilitias, police said#$he dead included adda -era ar y colonel &ussein al-Mehdawi, who was fighting alongside the %sla ic tate, and six of his relatives#>lsewhere in 8iyala province, police in the provincial capital Ba*uba reported 12 idnappings overnight# 8etails were not i ediately clear# $he ostly unni city was the site of a ass illing at a ail last onth that victi s fa ilies bla ed on govern ent forces and allied hiite ilitias#$hough the front line has yet to reach Baghdad, fre*uent bo b attacs are striing the capital# $hree separate explosions occurred before nightfall on Monday, illing at least eight people and wounding ore than 2#(0dditional reporting by 6aree Rahee in Baghdad >diting by 8o inic >vans and eter Araff)
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