Clashes erupted between “ Al-Gharha” Shiite tribe, 500 person, and “ Al-Ubaid” Sunni tribe, 3000 person, both live in Jurf Al-Sakhar, an area part of Al-Yousifiyia town, south of Baghdad for long years.
Fight lasted for five hours, 19 person killed, 14 wounded of both sides, it stopped only after the interference of US forces and Iraqi National Guards.
The problem began when the Shiite tribe sought the help of “ Mahdi” army, now work under the governmental umbrella to ignite civil way by killing and kidnapping Sunnis in different areas in Iraq, and lunched an attack against the Sunni tribe who found themselves alone only with their private weapons to protect themselves.
Shiite tribe claimed that it mounted the attack in revenge for the Shiite passengers used to be attacked at the main road links between Yousifiyia to Babil province by Sunni gunmen.
Sunni tribe answered that they did not have any relation with that and in fact some of its members killed on the same road.
The situation till now is tense between the two tribes though the US forces are surrounding the place and people who live there expect the fight to resume soon because both tribes won’t feel happy unless they take revenge.
People in Yousifiyia blame the US forces in sparking this conflict by using Sunni man, Tahseen Al-Janabi who is neglected by his tribe for long time and put him as a director of police station in Jurf Al-Sakher.
The man did his best in detaining and arresting a lot of Sunnis there till he began a new role by which wearing Kuffiyia like Mujahdien and cutting the roads on people who were heading to Babil province to distort the image of Mujahdien there.
People there sat up an ambush for Tahseen and unveiled his identity to submit him to the Americans.
Instead of punishing him as people expected, the US forces released him and granted him retirement.
On the other side, people in Dhuliyia are crossing Tigris either by boats or by swimming to flee the US- Pesh Merga offensive launched against Hawija village, 5 minute far off Dhuliyia town part of Salah Al-Deen province, after 7-day siege, by which water, power and food are cut of the people there.
People are allowed to move on foot only, cars are prohibited and US warplanes are shooting any moveable object in the city.
I asked an Iraqi General at the National Guards force in Dhuliyia about the essence of the offensive, he said that forces of Pesh Merga came to the town suddenly a month ago and began to sit up check points everywhere, soon attacks resumed against them by the resistance there who killed two of them and wounded other three two weeks ago.
In the way to the hospital in Balad, Pesh Merga refused to obey an order by a check point for the National Guards there whom all are Shiite and not in favor of Kurds.
Pesh Merga opened fire against the National Guards, killed an officer and headed to the hospital.
The General said that he did not know what the Kurds do in Dhuliyia, they can not even communicate with the people there who do not speak Kurdish and hate militias on top of which Pesh Merga.