More on the Sunni fight with al Qaeda
Two Sunni Arab tribes, one loyal to Al Qaeda and the other to the government, clashed in western Iraq, killing at least 20 people and wounding scores, clerics and hospital officials said on Saturday.It is possible that this firefight may be related to the Marine F-18 attack on the building in Husbayah which is near Qaim.
The tribes fought months ago and violent confrontations erupted again on Friday and Saturday near Qaim. Clerics in the town say members of the Karabilah tribe - allied to Al Qaeda - attacked homes of the rival Albu-Mehel tribe - many of whom are members of Iraq’s new security forces in their province of Anbar. Witnesses said the tribes were involved in intense firefights and mortar attacks in the streets.
Hospital officials say they have received 20 bodies in the past day but that the death toll is likely to be much higher.