April 13, 2009

OTHER THAN THAT HOW'S THE JIHAD WORKING OUT FOR AL QAEDA?:

Iraq Sunni anti-Qaeda leader eyes Shi'ite alliance (Mohammed Abbas, 4/12/09, Reuters)

A senior leader in a Sunni Arab movement founded to combat al Qaeda in Iraq is edging away from the military activity of the past, toward a once unthinkable alliance with the country's Shi'ite prime minister.

Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha is head of the Awakening Conference, a political party born out of an armed movement that uprooted al Qaeda and other militants from Anbar province in western Iraq, once the deadliest place for U.S. forces in Iraq.

Abu Risha's renunciation of armed struggle and steps toward working with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki could be a landmark in new political cooperation between Iraq's majority Shi'ites and minority Sunnis after years of bloodshed.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at April 13, 2009 7:19 AM
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