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Most Tribes in Anbar Agree to Unite Against Insurgents (The NY Times is deeply sadened)
NY Times ^ | September 18, 2006 | KHALID AL-ANSARY and ALI ADEEB

Posted on 09/18/2006 9:20:39 AM PDT by jmc1969

Nearly all the tribes from Iraq’s volatile Sunni-dominated Anbar Province have agreed to join forces and fight Al Qaeda insurgents and other foreign-backed “terrorists,” an influential tribal leader said Sunday. Iraqi government leaders encouraged the movement.

Twenty-five of about 31 tribes in Anbar, a vast, mostly desert region that stretches westward from Baghdad to the borders of Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, have united against insurgents and gangs that are “killing people for no reason,” said the tribal leader, Sheik Abdul Sattar Buzaigh al-Rishawi.

“We held a meeting earlier and agreed to fight those who call themselves mujahadeen,” Mr. Rishawi said in an interview. “We believe that there is a conspiracy against our Iraqi people. Those terrorists claimed that they are fighters working on liberating Iraq, but they turned out to be killers. Now all the people are fed up and have turned against them.”

It is unclear how quickly or forcefully the tribal fighters will confront Al Qaeda and other insurgents, who mostly operate in and around the provincial capital, Ramadi, despite recurrent American military efforts to stop them. But for American and Iraqi officials, who have tried to persuade the Sunni Arab majority in Anbar to reject the insurgency and embrace Iraqi nationalism, Mr. Rishawi’s comments are seen as an encouraging sign.

“We are in battle with the terrorists who kill Sunnis and Shiites, and we do not respect anyone between us who talks in a sectarian sense,” said Mr. Rishawi, the leader of the Rishawi tribe, a subset of the Dulaimi tribe, the largest in Anbar. Half the Rishawi are Shiite Arabs and half are Sunni, he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iraq
This must be like torture to the Times and I had to post their reaction. This article confirms the other reports from different sources.
1 posted on 09/18/2006 9:20:42 AM PDT by jmc1969
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To: jmc1969

The Schulzeburger Tribe is not agreeing to stop aiding Al-Queda........


2 posted on 09/18/2006 9:24:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: jmc1969
It is unclear how quickly or forcefully the tribal fighters will confront Al Qaeda and other insurgents

Translation: "PLEASE don't let this be true!"

3 posted on 09/18/2006 9:26:21 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jmc1969
agreed to fight those who call themselves mujahadeen good news; IMHO most of the Iraqis probably feel this way
4 posted on 09/18/2006 9:29:23 AM PDT by SF Republican
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To: Cicero

The Pentagon has a chance for a decisive blow against the enemy. We should treat this the way we treated the Northern Alliance and back these guys up with air power and lots of special forces.

With al-Qaeda gone the main reason the Madhi Army exists in Iraq will be gone.


5 posted on 09/18/2006 9:29:25 AM PDT by jmc1969
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To: jmc1969
Those terrorists claimed that they are fighters working on liberating Iraq, but they turned out to be killers. Now all the people are fed up and have turned against them.

This is very important and needs to get to everyone in the world. Hear them, Europe? Dems? RINOs? Iran? Yes, we need to give these folks the support they need. Don't let them down now that they have seen the light.

6 posted on 09/18/2006 9:36:46 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: jmc1969
I love it:

Islam, the religion of “killing people for no reason”.

7 posted on 09/18/2006 9:37:59 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

They are certainly not heros and they don't love us, but they won't be blowing themselves up to kill Americans and blowing up Shia mosques to try to cause a civil war. It is the difference between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance.


8 posted on 09/18/2006 9:40:00 AM PDT by jmc1969
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To: jmc1969
"With al-Qaeda gone the main reason the Madhi Army exists in Iraq will be gone."

The Madhi Army is an extension of Iran. They exist, and will continue to exist, to insure Iranian, Shiite control over, at least parts of, Iraq. They will fight Iraqi Sunnis
and even other Iraqi Shiites if they threaten this control.
9 posted on 09/18/2006 9:50:39 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Prokopton

I know why Iran supports them.

But, I also know the only way they keep their support from a decient chunk of the Shia community is the fear of the terrorists.

By pretending to be the great Shia protector the Madhi Army has maintained its support. Without al-Qaeda many Shia would quickly start asking why this gang is still there.


10 posted on 09/18/2006 9:55:09 AM PDT by jmc1969
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To: All; WOSG; TexKat; Axlrose; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Steel Wolf; bnelson44; pissant; Marine_Uncle; ...

"An American military official said tribes had fought Sunni insurgents in Anbar in the past but had never formed a united front. “This would be the first we’ve seen of tribes banding together,” said the official, who asked for anonymity because the subject was a delicate one."

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/18/world/middleeast/18iraq.html?pagewanted=2&ei=5087%0A&en=f63c0d6c8d89b9c9&ex=1158724800


11 posted on 09/18/2006 10:09:08 AM PDT by jmc1969
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To: jmc1969

Excellent news the tide is turning....but will take awhile to make a difference.


12 posted on 09/18/2006 10:49:08 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: jmc1969
"“We believe that there is a conspiracy against our Iraqi people."
Bonzai! The A RAB world finally have stumbled on a conspiracy theory that can be verified to be true. Good for them.
Things are on the uppity up in Iraq. What will be interesting is when the Shia in the south reach a similiar conclusion regarding the Persian influences and applauded by the SCIRI.
Like I just commented an hour ago on another post. Iraqi are not as stupid as one could be lead to believe. Just a bit dense due to their heritage/culture/lack of modern communications and education many of us take for granted. They are coming around.
13 posted on 09/18/2006 11:22:42 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Prokopton; jmc1969
That remains to be seen. I hope you are aware of the recent (last half year) developments within the SCIRI. One thing they are planning on doing is renaming their party to something that does not imply they are a radical revolutionary party. They have given little trouble in essence to the new IG, and some of their members are working well under the PM's cabinets.
We do not get a balanced view of the many good changes that are occuring within this new government as well as the little better idea of how their military and police forces are being improved on a daily basis.
14 posted on 09/18/2006 11:27:30 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: Prokopton

"The Madhi Army is an extension of Iran. They exist, and will continue to exist, to insure Iranian, Shiite control over, at least parts of, Iraq. They will fight Iraqi Sunnis
and even other Iraqi Shiites if they threaten this control."

Yes. The good news there is that the respected leader Sistani explicitly opposes and rejects al-sadr's approach.


15 posted on 09/18/2006 4:28:08 PM PDT by WOSG (Broken-glass time, Republicans! Save the Congress!)
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To: jmc1969; SJackson; Alouette; Salem
This must be like torture to the Times and I had to post their reaction. This article confirms the other reports from different sources.

LOL! You know it!

16 posted on 09/18/2006 4:30:54 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: jmc1969

hey, this could be a very positive development.


17 posted on 09/18/2006 4:33:22 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: Marine_Uncle

They surely do like conspiracies...but this one we need to encourage1


18 posted on 09/18/2006 7:32:13 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: jmc1969

WOOOOHOOOO!!!

Great post!


19 posted on 09/18/2006 7:39:51 PM PDT by StarCMC ("So what was the price to betray us - Judas?" - SGT Mark Russak to Traitor Murtha)
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To: jmc1969

I wonder if the NYT had reporters with names like Manfred von Knobelsdorff, Fritz Bracht, and Heinrich Müller write stories about our fight against the Nazis in WW II.


20 posted on 09/18/2006 7:47:05 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: jmc1969
OK, that's the second positive news article about Iraq I've seen on here in the last ten minutes.

Y'all are going to get in SO much trouble. ;-)

Does this mean I can stay home now and let these positive stories do the truthtelling?

21 posted on 09/18/2006 7:49:26 PM PDT by Allegra (Home, Sweet Home!)
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To: Abigail Adams; AIC; airborne; AirForceBrat23; Alamo-Girl; ALOHA RONNIE; angelsonmyside; AnnaZ; ...

FYI ping.


22 posted on 09/18/2006 8:11:34 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
What is sad it has taken them so long to start slowly walking away from the stuck on stupid mentalities. For three years the United States and other forces have shown them we do not rule over them, we do not plan on taking their oil, and we do more good then Saddam did in thirty plus years.
But alas. Better late then never. Things are probably going so well that Coffee man has had to butt in and say more should be done to prevent a civil war.
Much like Hanoi John did when he plagerized time frames the DoD put in writing long before the goon even knew we would downsize in given time frames based on ground conditions.
At any rate. Yes. Iraqi are awakening in large numbers by the look of things. They are no longer going along with their ancient stupidities. Opportunities now knock at their door like never before offered.
23 posted on 09/18/2006 8:21:32 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: patriciaruth; prairiebreeze; Mo1
Twenty-five of about 31 tribes in Anbar, a vast, mostly desert region that stretches westward from Baghdad to the borders of Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, have united against insurgents and gangs that are “killing people for no reason,” said the tribal leader, Sheik Abdul Sattar Buzaigh al-Rishawi.

What terrific news; I was almost losing hope.

24 posted on 09/19/2006 3:24:18 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: patriciaruth

Good news ping.... thanks


25 posted on 09/19/2006 4:28:22 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Peach

Bump for later read and thanks for the ping Peach


26 posted on 09/19/2006 5:19:40 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (No religion demands so much of it's members and so little of itself, than islam.)
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