A suicide bomber from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham yesterday killed Mohammed Khamis Abu Risha, a senior official in the Anbar Awakening who commanded forces in Ramadi.
Mohammed Khamis “was touring a checkpoint manned by his fighters in Ramadi when a suicide bomber hugged him, said one of his men who witnessed the attack,” Reuters reported. He is said to have commanded hundreds of fighters in the Anbar Awakening, the government-backed tribal militia that led the fight against al Qaeda in Iraq, the predecessor to the ISIS.
Mohammed Khamis was the nephew of Ahmed Abu Risha, the leader of the Anbar Awakening and the Albu Risha tribe. Ahmed and his family have been the targets of multiple ISIS suicide and conventional attacks over the years. In September 2012, Ahmed lamented that the US did not fulfill its promise to continue supporting the Awakening after American forces withdrew from Iraq at the end of 2011. […]