Police Say Iraqi Interpreter for US Army Killed
|June 18, 2010||Filled under Uncategorized|
By BUSHRA JUHI (AP) BAGHDAD — An Iraqi interpreter for the U.S. military was gunned down on Friday by his son and nephew north of the capital after he refused their demands to quit his job, a police official said.
Hameed al-Daraji was shot in the chest in his house in Samarra, 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, police Lt. Emad Muhsin said.
Muhsin said al-Daraji worked as a contractor and translator for the U.S. military since 2003 against the wishes of his family. His relatives were constantly fighting with al-Daraji to give up working with the Americans, but he ignored their pleas, he added.
Al-Daraji’s son and nephew were arrested after the attack and confessed to being members of an al-Qaida group that sanctioned the killing, Muhsin said, adding that police were searching for a second son suspected of being an accomplice.
Iraqis working for the U.S. military in the country have been targets of extremist groups who view them as traitors and collaborators with an invading country. But it is rare for family members to kill a relative because of his or her employment with the Americans in Iraq.
Elsewhere in Iraq, gunmen killed an employee of a local irrigation department and three of his family members Friday as part of an apparent tribal dispute over water distribution west of Baghdad, officials said.
The attack came a day after an anti-al-Qaida fighter and members of his immediate family were killed in another village, but police said the man killed Friday had no ties to the terror network or Iraqi security forces, who are also frequently targeted by insurgents in Iraq.
Faisal Hassan, the 40-year-old driver of a drilling truck, his wife and two young children were slain as they slept in a pre-dawn attack in the mainly Sunni district of Abu Ghraib, police said.
The grisly slayings reflect concerns that criminal activity is rising as sectarian bloodshed ebbs.
Irrigation department employees have increasingly been targeted in the area as….(Full Story)