At least 10 American-trained, Iraqi police officers were killed and another five cops were wounded during a trio of ambushes in Iraq on Tuesday, according to former police terrorism task force member John Kubisty, who monitors radical Islamic operations throughout the world.
"While the Obama administration, especially Secretary of State John Kerry, pays lip-service that includes empty promises of support for Iraq's government, al-Qaeda and its affiliates have invaded and occupied two Iraqi cities -- Fallujah and Ramadi -- and perpetrated scores of bombings against officials and civilians alike," said Kubisty.
On Tuesday morning, unidentified gunmen attacked a routine police patrol near the city of Samarra and slaughtered seven police officers, according to Middle East news outlets. That brutal Samarra attack was followed by an ambush of another police patrol in Diyala province that left three officers dead and wounded three others.
Also two police patrol officers were wounded by marauding gunmen at a security checkpoint in the town of Abu Saida.
In the ongoing battles for the cities of Fallujah and Ramida on Tuesday, at least 18 fighters were killed, including 10 al-Qaeda terrorists, and 59 wounded in violent attacks, Iraqi television reported. Among those mortally wounded were two of al-Qaeda's commanders: Abu Tufail al-Quqazi was killed in Fallujah, and Khalid Ali Nasir was killed in Ramadi.
Iraq is witnessing its worst violence since 2008. According to the United Nations, a total of 8,868 Iraqis have been killed and more than 18,000 others were wounded in 2013.