World Bulletin / News Desk
A group of women in Iraq's violence-wracked Anbar province has announced that it has taken up arms against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government.
"We, the free women of Iraq, tell the rats of the Green Zone [the seat of the Baghdad government] that their time is up and their reign of tyranny has come to an end," the group, which calls itself the "Granddaughters of Al-Khansaa," said in a statement mailed to Anadolu Agency.
Al-Khansaa was a celebrated Arab poet and a contemporary of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), known for her elegies for her brothers who had fallen in battle in the early years of Islam.
In their statement, the women declared war on government troops deployed in Anbar.
The province has been rocked by violence since Iraqi security forces dismantled a months-old anti-government sit-in outside provincial capital Ramadi in late December.
Meanwhile in separate developments, a journalist and four Iraqi security forces were killed in the Anbar city of Ramadi as government forces clashed with rebel fighters.
"A police force, backed by armed tribesmen and accompanied by two journalists, went to an area in northern Ramadi [provincial capital of Anbar province] to liberate the local police station captured by ISIL militants, but was ambushed by the latter," the source, who preferred anonymity, told Anadolu Agency.
The slain journalist had been working for the state-run Fallujah satellite channel, the source added.
Iraqi authorities have yet to comment on the incident.Last Mod: 20 Ocak 2014, 13:04