posted on Apr, 17 2005 @ 04:22 AM
The village of Madain, where Sunni Militants were holding Shiite Muslims hostage with threats to kill them has been raided by Iraqi Security Forces.
The Militants were holding around hostages and had threatened to kill them unless all Shiite Moslems left the village and surrounding areas. No
casualties were reported from the raid and the Security forces have freed at least 15 Shiite families with up to 5 insurgents captured by the Iraqi
forces who were backed in the raid by US troops.
"There are people who want the Iraqi project to fail. What is going on in Madain is targeting the unity of the Iraqi people. Some kidnapped families
could be killed if all Shiites don't leave the village. We can't just denounce this. We must intervene," he said.
The Sunni-Shiite conflict in Madain began Thursday when Sunni militants attacked the village mosque with explosives. Haitham Husseini, a spokesman for
the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the country's largest Shiite group, said the Madain mosque had been badly damaged. Husseini said
about 100 masked militants drove through Madain, capturing Shiite youngsters and old men. He and government officials said 35 to 100 people were taken
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The area where this occured is often called "The Traingle of Death" due to the amount of guerilla attacks and reports are that these insurgants
have planted land mines around the village in the effort to keep troops out.
Some residents of the village have stated that there is no hostage situation and said by telephone that media reports are wrong, with some village
businesses closing before the attack by the Iraqi forces due to the expectation of heavy fighting.
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