October 8, 2007

AND YOU THOUGHT THEY WERE FAILING MISERABLY AGAINST THE FAR ENEMY?:

Iraq insurgency: People rise against al-Qa'eda (Damien McElroy, 08/10/2007, Daily Telegraph)

A transformation has swept western Iraq that allows Marines to walk through areas that a year ago were judged lost to radical Islam control and hear nothing more aggressive than a late-night game of pool.

Behind the shutters the Sunni Muslim residents of the province are enjoying the dividends of driving out al-Qa'eda fighters who had imposed an oppressive Taliban-style regime.

The popular uprising against al-Qa'eda by residents of Anbar Province turned former enemies into American allies earlier this year. The result was a dramatic restoration of stability across Iraq's Sunni heartland. Husaybah bears the scars of the "terrorist" years - 2004 and 2005 - when al-Qa'eda and its local allies controlled the town.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 8, 2007 10:22 AM
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