Senior Iraq Sunni Leader Slain in Home

By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press Writer

November 23,2005 | BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms burst into the home of a Sunni Arab sheik Wednesday, killing him, three of his sons and a son-in-law in what police believe may have been aimed at discouraging Sunnis from participating in next month's election.

Khadim Sarhid al-Hemaiyem, who lived on the outskirts of Baghdad, was the leader of a branch of the Dulaimi tribe, one of the biggest in Iraq. His brother is a candidate in the Dec. 15 parliamentary election, three of his sons had been policemen and another son was slain last month north of the capital, police and family members said.

---And why would anyone think, after 35 years of The Sunni Hammer -- Saddam Hussein -- there might not be one or two hard feelings left behind, eh?


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