November 9, 2007

NO ONE CHOOSES ALQAEDISM:

Terrorist Attacks in Iraq Eroding Local Support: U.S. military officers and local sheiks say an area north and west of Baghdad is turning away from the al-Qaida terror group and offering more support to the Iraqi government. The change follows a series of brutal acts by insurgents that angered many local people. As VOA's Jim Randle reports, the change follows a pattern seen in Anbar province, where people who once supported, or at least tolerated, al-Qaida became enraged by the group's deadly excesses. (Jim Randle, 11/09/07, VOA News)
In the Taji area, al-Qaida blew up schools, and a hospital,. A bridge that carries traffic across a large canal got blown up twice.

Tribal leader Sheik Nadeem Hatem Al-Sultan Al-Temimi decided al-Qaida and its foreign fighters had gone too far when they set off a car bomb with horrifying results.

"They sent it to the supermarket or the Iraqi street, and when [local people] saw the kids who got killed or the women who got killed or the old men who got killed, a lot of people, they wake up and they see what al-Qaida do in Iraq," he said.

The sheik and other local leaders say tribes in the Taji area, both Sunni and Shi'ite, are cooperating with the Iraqi government and U.S. forces, offering information and support.

Hundreds of men from various Iraqi tribes have volunteered to join neighborhood watch groups, man checkpoints and look out for strangers.

Iraqi Police Colonel Sabah Wahid says the new attitude and the wave of volunteers have cut violence in the area significantly. "A year ago, we were in a bad situation. We had a lot of militias and sectarian friction between Sunni and Shi'ite," he said.

U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Pete Andrysiak says winning support from tribes has cut violence and made it possible to make progress toward restarting the economy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2007 4:25 PM
Comments

The fact that they have a 'supermarket' is probably a good sign too. Something to lose.

Posted by: JAB at November 9, 2007 11:34 PM

As of late I have been rubbing noses in it too.

Me to a leftist friends or neighbors:

Hey did you hear we finally won the peace in Iraq, no more AQ and things have settled in nicely, I bet you're happy?

Posted by: Perry at November 10, 2007 8:46 AM
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