Tensions Rise Between Sahwa and Govt Forces

Inter Press Service By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Feb 29 (IPS) - U.S. backed Sahwa forces threaten to destabilise U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces in Iraq's volatile Diyala province.

The 'Awakening Councils', known locally as the Sahwa, have left their centres in cities and districts around the capital of Diyala province, located 40 km northeast of Baghdad.

After seeing better security and stability brought about by the Sahwa, most of whom are former resistance fighters, residents are concerned what their absence will now . . .

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