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Gayle in MD
08-18-2008, 01:13 PM
<span style="color: #000066">It was bound to happen. </span>

BAGHDAD The Shiite-led government is cracking down on U.S.-backed Sunni Arab fighters in one of Iraq's most turbulent regions, arresting some leaders, disarming dozens of men and banning them from manning checkpoints except alongside official security forces.

The moves in Diyala province reflect mixed views on a movement that began in 2007 among Sunni tribes in western Iraq who revolted against al-Qaida in Iraq and joined the Americans in the fight against the terrorist network.

U.S. officials credit the rise of such groups, known variously as Awakening Councils, Sons of Iraq and Popular Committees, with helping rout al-Qaida.

But Iraq's government is suspicious of such groups, fearing their decision to break with the insurgency was a short-term tactic to gain U.S. money and support. The government fears they will eventually turn their guns against Iraq's majority Shiites.

The effort in Diyala northeast of Baghdad began last month as U.S. and Iraqi forces launched an operation against al-Qaida and other extremists in that region.

Mullah Shihab al-Safi, commander of Sunni fighters in Diyala, told The Associated Press that many senior leaders of his group had been detained and fighters evicted from their offices. He gave no figures.

Another senior commander said security forces evicted his men from all but seven of some 100 offices in Diyala. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared arrest.

The U.S. military confirmed the Diyala actions but gave few details. Fighters were only pushed out of buildings they did not own, a military spokesman, Capt. Matt Rodano, said.

Deeman3
08-18-2008, 01:16 PM
You gotta admit, Obama's nuke 'em option does have some merit. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

wolfdancer
08-18-2008, 01:33 PM
what a complicated mess we are in, in Iraq.
For anybody to say that the surge, or anything else is working, they must have only one channel on their TV...and three guesses, which one that is

Gayle in MD
08-19-2008, 06:39 AM
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This is precisely what I posted about long ago, Michael Ware told us months ago that this was their intention, both sides, Sunni and Shiia.

They've been jerking us off for over a year, and while McCain is out there saying that Obama won't admit that the surge is working, all the predictions of ultimate failure in Iraq, are coming true.

This is Vietnam all over again. It's un-winnable. It is pointless to waste more blood and treasure in the Middle East, in an unwinnable war amidst warring factions, anothyer civil war is what it amounts to. The rah rah war days are over. The ridiculous idea that you can force democracy at the point of a gun, was absurd from the start.

This is what happens when war mongering, Military industrial complex friendly, neocons, have power.

You know, It gave me chills when I saw Blackwater in the streets of New Orleans, in those black SUV's, with their guns aimed at US citizens. The owner, of course, a neocon hawk, connected to the Republican Party, and Bush and Cheney.

Americans had better wake up before that militant midget gets into the WH. He would definitely be Bush on Crack, and that's no joke! He's been holding that notorious temper in line long enough to push his way into his dream of being president, but he has done nothing but lie throughout, about everything, most of all, about Iraq!

It's unsustainable, anyway. Every life we've lost there was wasted on a losing strategy, that couldn't possibly succeed.

Gayle in Md.