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    Deadly Clashes Between Iraqi Forces, Sunnis

    A man is brought to a hospital on a stretcher after after being wounded in a clash between Iraqi forces and Sunni Muslim protesters in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, April 23, 2013.
    A man is brought to a hospital on a stretcher after after being wounded in a clash between Iraqi forces and Sunni Muslim protesters in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, April 23, 2013.
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    Clashes between Iraqi security forces and Sunni demonstrators killed at least 23 people Tuesday and wounded dozens.

    Military officials say a gun battle broke out in Hawija, near Kirkuk, when security forces tried to arrest people at a protest camp.  At least two soldiers are among the dead.

    Also, mortar fire hit a Sunni mosque in Muqdadiyah, northeast of Baghdad, killing at least nine worshippers.

    Sunnis are protesting what they say is discrimination by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-led government.

    Sunni activists want Maliki to step down, accusing the government of arbitrarily arresting Sunni opponents and holding them without charges.

    Iraqi Education Minister Mohammed Tamim, a Sunni Muslim, resigned Tuesday in protest over the raid on the protest camp.

    U.N. envoy Martin Kobler is calling for calm.  He is urging security forces to exercise restraint and for Sunnis to protest peacefully.

    Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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    by: Igor from: Russia
    April 23, 2013 11:55 PM
    The clashes are the results of the invasion of western foreigners and the consequences will last for decades.

    by: MUSTAFA from: PAKISTAN
    April 23, 2013 11:00 PM
    Iraq cannot solve its domestic problems as long as agents of SO CALLED MUSLIM COUNTRIES continue to disturb iraq as to achieve their political goals. What is going on in SYRIA they want same type of game in iraq.

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