Gunmen kill 4 anti-al-Qaida fighters in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Gunmen wearing military uniforms raided the homes of several anti-al-Qaida Sunni fighters in Iraq, killing four men in an execution-style slaying before dawn Monday, Iraqi officials said.
While violence has significantly subsided in Iraq, insurgents frequently target security forces and their allies to undermine confidence in the country's Shi'ite-dominated leadership.
The slain men were part of government-backed groups known as Awakening Councils, which played a key role in reducing violence in Iraq in the past two years. However, the Councils' future role in Iraq's security network remains uncertain as political rivals battle for posts in the new government seven months after an inconclusive election.
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