A suicide bomb attack this morning took the lives of at least 40 Iraqi security forces who were waiting in line to get paid. All the victims were a part of the government-backed militia Sahwa (Sons of Iraq). In 2006 Sahwa turned against al Qaeda and joined the U.S. and Iraqi government, helping to quell violence in the state. "There were more than 85 people lined up in three lines at the main gate of the military base when a person approached us,” a witness said. “When one of the soldiers tried to stop him, he blew himself up...I lost consciousness and woke up to find myself in hospital."