Anti-al-Qaida leaders killed in western Iraq

Two brothers who were members of an anti-al-Qaida organization in western Iraq have been killed, the leader of the local organization said late Wednesday. A roadside bomb killed Col. Sabah Najim, a leader in the awakening council of Karmah, killing him and five of his guards on Wednesday. Najim's brother, Abdul Qadir Najim, died in a hail of gunfire Tuesday as he was going to the local mosque to pray. Karmah is 80 kilometers west of Baghdad. Both deaths were reported by Sheikh Mishan Abbas, head of the Karmah Awaking Council, the name taken by Sunnis in Anbar province who have risen up against al-Qaida.