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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Ally Killed in Bombing

BAGHDAD -- A key leader of an alliance of Sunni Arab tribes that was instrumental in pushing al-Qaida out of Iraq's western Anbar province was killed Thursday in a roadside bomb attack, police said.

Abdul Sattar Abu Risha was killed in the blast near his home in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, less than two weeks after he met U.S. President George W. Bush when the U.S. leader made an unannounced visit to the desert region.

Two bodyguards and Abu Risha's private secretary were also killed, Ramadi police officer Ahmed Mahmoud al-Alwani said.

"The sheikh's car was totally destroyed by the explosion. Abu Risha was killed," he said.

Abu Risha set up an alliance of tribal sheikhs in Anbar to fight Sunni Islamist al-Qaida, an effort which has been held up by U.S. leaders as one of the biggest success stories in improving security in Iraq after more than four years of war.

From 2003 to 2006, Anbar was the heartland of the Sunni Arab insurgency and the most dangerous part of Iraq.

n The U.S. military said Thursday that an Iranian-made rocket was believed to have been used in an attack that killed one person at the headquarters of the U.S. military in Iraq on Tuesday.

U.S. Military spokesman Major General Kevin Bergner said it appeared that followers of the anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr were responsible for the attack.