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Iraq's Sunni Sheiks Join Americans To Fight Insurgency
AP ^ | March 25 2007

Posted on 03/25/2007 1:33:33 PM PDT by jmc1969

Not long ago it would have been unthinkable: a Sunni sheik allying himself publicly with American forces in a xenophobic city at the epicenter of Iraq's Sunni insurgency.

Today, there is no mistaking whose side Sheik al-Rishawi is on. Outside his walled home, a U.S. tank is on permanent guard beside a clutch of towering date palms and a protective dirt berm.

The 36-year-old sheik is leading a growing movement of Sunni tribesmen who have turned against al-Qaida-linked insurgents. The dramatic shift in alliances may have done more in a few months to ease daily street battles and undercut the insurgency here than American forces have achieved in years with arms.

``I was always against these terrorists,'' Sattar said in an interview inside his American-guarded compound, adjusting a pistol holstered around his waist. ``They brainwashed people into thinking Americans were against them. They said foreigners wanted to occupy our land and destroy our mosques. They told us, 'We'll wage a jihad. We'll help you defeat them.'''

The difficult part was convincing others it wasn't true, and that ``building an alliance with the Americans was the only solution,'' Sattar said. His movement, also known as the Anbar Awakening, now counts 41 tribes or sub-tribes, though Sattar acknowledges that some groups in the province have yet to join.

``I'd say 20 percent of the credit for the change in Ramadi could be taken by U.S. forces,'' said Strickland. ``The vast majority of the turnaround is due to the sheiks.''

Still, Sattar complained the Interior Ministry had given police ``one-tenth'' the resources they needed _ from equipment to guns to food, despite promises to do more. Some of the fighters use automatic weapons they brought from home. ``If I had the tools, I could wipe al-Qaida from Anbar within five months,'' Sattar said.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fight; frwn; help; iraq; loacals; terrorsit
Shiek Sattar the chief of security in Western Iraq.


1 posted on 03/25/2007 1:33:35 PM PDT by jmc1969
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To: jmc1969

They can't print this! That would mean the Americans are winning, that what they are doing is... (gasp) right!


2 posted on 03/25/2007 1:37:24 PM PDT by irishtenor (Save the whales. Collect the whole set.)
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To: jmc1969

I'm not sure how this will sit with "the only good muslim is a dead muslim" folks in FR.


3 posted on 03/25/2007 1:38:26 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: jmc1969

``I was always against these terrorists,'' Sattar said in an interview inside his American-guarded compound, adjusting a pistol holstered around his waist."

don't worry, he'll go back to the other side when the tide changes..they switch sides over there so much it's almost a "who's on first" scenario..


4 posted on 03/25/2007 1:41:11 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (Never argue with an idiot..they'll bring you down to their level, then beat you with experience..)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; blam; SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; bnelson44; ...

Ping


5 posted on 03/25/2007 1:42:15 PM PDT by jmc1969
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Sattar is secular. I guess you don't just hate Muslims.


6 posted on 03/25/2007 1:43:24 PM PDT by jmc1969
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To: bkepley
True. Some here hate all Muslims.
7 posted on 03/25/2007 1:44:15 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Hagel, Obama, Voinovich and Biden making the world safe for Iranian terrorists.)
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To: jmc1969
It's amazing how many friends you get when you start winning.
8 posted on 03/25/2007 1:46:12 PM PDT by ChessExpert (Reagan defeated the Soviet Union despite the Democratic party. We could use another miracle.)
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To: elhombrelibre

They have some good reason for not trusting todays muslims given the apparent inability for muslims to form a liberal democracy.


9 posted on 03/25/2007 1:46:24 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: jmc1969; 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; clintonh8r; TEXOKIE; windchime; ...
FR WAR NEWS!

WAR News at Home and Abroad You'll Hear Nowhere Else!

All the News the MSM refuses to use!

Or if they do report it, without the anti-War Agenda Spin!

10 posted on 03/25/2007 1:47:19 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: bkepley
Distrust is one thing, but hating all of them is another. It's counter productive for starters.
11 posted on 03/25/2007 1:49:05 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Hagel, Obama, Voinovich and Biden making the world safe for Iranian terrorists.)
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To: jmc1969; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; ...

Ping


12 posted on 03/25/2007 1:49:12 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: bkepley

Thats crap. Sattar and many Iraqis believe in Iraqi democracy far more then most people in America it seems.

Shiek Sattar: "The time for dictatorship is gone, and we are welcoming the new dawn of democracy and freedom here. I expect the future to be much better for the next generation for they will live in a better world than we do today."

http://alphabetcity.blogspot.com/2007/03/video-shaykh-abdul-sattar-abureeshah.html


13 posted on 03/25/2007 1:49:24 PM PDT by jmc1969
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To: elhombrelibre

I trust shiek Sattar more then I do the Maliki government. He was criticising the terrorists in Fallujah in 2004 when Maliki was criticising the coalition attack on Fallujah.


14 posted on 03/25/2007 1:51:27 PM PDT by jmc1969
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To: jmc1969

==Thats crap. Sattar and many Iraqis believe in Iraqi democracy far more then most people in America it seems.

I wish them well. By this time I'm skeptical although when the war started I thought it was worth trying. I guess I still think it was worth trying.


15 posted on 03/25/2007 1:51:51 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: ChessExpert

Ain't that the truth!


16 posted on 03/25/2007 1:52:43 PM PDT by keats5 (tolerance of intolerant people is cultural suicide)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

They used to say "you can't buy an Afghan, but you can rent one."

It is pretty obvious that there are good people who are nominally Muslim, and some bad people who are nominally Christian. Once we can distingusih Dubai from Damascus we can proceed without killing everyone of a billion Muslims.


17 posted on 03/25/2007 1:53:41 PM PDT by donmeaker (The speed of light is 186,234 miles per second. Not just a good idea, its the LAW!)
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To: bkepley

The only good Muslim is a rational Muslim

of course the only dood Christian is a rational Christian also

The best Muslim is a rational ally Muslim


18 posted on 03/25/2007 1:56:09 PM PDT by wildcatf4f3 (Find out what brand the Ethiopians are drinking and send a case to all my generals.)
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To: bkepley

Sattar paid a heavy price for criticising terrorists in 2004-2006.

"Sattar's father and three brothers were killed by al-Qaida assassins"

By giving Sattar the necessary weapons we could make him the leader of the Sunni community we have been waiting four years for.


19 posted on 03/25/2007 1:57:21 PM PDT by jmc1969
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To: bkepley

I suspect a few of that bunch are actually Islamist provacateurs. If all Muslims are evil, why would we even be fighting in Iraq?


20 posted on 03/25/2007 1:57:59 PM PDT by E Rocc (Myspace "Freepers" group moderator)
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To: jmc1969

"``If I had the tools, I could wipe al-Qaida from Anbar within five months,'' Sattar said."

Well now, I like his attitude. I think we should give him a chance.


21 posted on 03/25/2007 2:01:49 PM PDT by Gum Shoe
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To: E Rocc

==I suspect a few of that bunch are actually Islamist provacateurs.

I doubt it. I think they are mostly simple minded "Christians".


22 posted on 03/25/2007 2:03:01 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: jmc1969

Encouraging news, and to think AP actually printed it, amazing!


23 posted on 03/25/2007 2:04:16 PM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jmc1969

Hey this will be all over the MSM now that AP has printed it, right?


24 posted on 03/25/2007 2:11:50 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: jazusamo

Encouraging, yes, but lets wait and see who picks it up. I can't see this anyplace in the NYTimes.


25 posted on 03/25/2007 2:13:08 PM PDT by Dionysius (Jingoism is no vice.)
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To: jmc1969
The 36-year-old sheik is leading a growing movement of Sunni tribesmen who have turned against al-Qaida-linked insurgents.

Iraqi Sunni Sheiks join American troops to fight against Al Qaeda.

Meanwhile, Ron Paul, Chuck Hagel and the Democrats want us to retreat.

What's wrong with this picture.

26 posted on 03/25/2007 2:15:42 PM PDT by FreeReign
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Ping


27 posted on 03/25/2007 2:17:22 PM PDT by irish guard
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To: Dionysius

You're right, it'll never be printed in The Slimes.


28 posted on 03/25/2007 2:19:25 PM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jmc1969

Not to mention that in the Sunni areas the Shieks are the most prominent businessmen. AlQueda isn't good for the bottom line.


29 posted on 03/25/2007 2:21:39 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: bkepley

You are exactly right. How can someone advocate the spread of democracy on one hand and yet be so trigger-happy to destroy the very people to whom they wish to spread this democracy?

The Anbar Awakening will win the war faster and more effectively than 10 Army divisions in Anbar.


30 posted on 03/25/2007 2:41:02 PM PDT by Radio Free Tuscaloosa (God Bless...America!! - Adm. Jeremiah Denton)
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To: jmc1969
The Dims sure picked a bad time to pass their cowardly sedition act.
31 posted on 03/25/2007 2:55:42 PM PDT by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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To: Radio Free Tuscaloosa

I think this is the winning of hearts and minds that Rummy foresaw as necessary and eventual.


32 posted on 03/25/2007 4:07:31 PM PDT by TimPatriot
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Mo1; Peach
Not to mention that in the Sunni areas the Shieks are the most prominent businessmen. AlQueda isn't good for the bottom line.

Quite true and a salient point that I've read elsewhere.

It must've killed the AP to print this, ping.

33 posted on 03/25/2007 6:08:12 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (I am PRO-VICTORY!!)
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To: jmc1969; elhombrelibre; freema
"Thats crap. Sattar and many Iraqis believe in Iraqi democracy far more then most people in America it seems.

Shiek Sattar: "The time for dictatorship is gone, and we are welcoming the new dawn of democracy and freedom here. I expect the future to be much better for the next generation for they will live in a better world than we do today."

Perhaps as the success story increases more FReepers will realize the truth in the above statements.
Al Anbar will be slowly join into the national Iraqi government. The days of old where it's towns where mostly havens for smugglers, and other malcontents and in some cases ruthlessly apposed to the Saddamist, shall wane. As large sums of monies are pumped into that provinces social needs etc., and the goons are killed off, and then the oil known to exist under the ground starts pumping upward, al Anbar shall be saved from it's four thousand years of misery.
34 posted on 03/25/2007 6:31:22 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle
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To: jmc1969

Thanks J.


35 posted on 03/25/2007 10:22:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Saturday, March 24, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: bkepley
I doubt it. I think they are mostly simple minded "Christians".
Most probably are. But it's certainly part of Al Qaeda's agenda to try to convince normal Muslims that Americans hate them all.

-Eric

36 posted on 03/26/2007 4:44:48 AM PDT by E Rocc (Myspace "Freepers" group moderator)
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To: irishtenor

OH NO!


37 posted on 03/26/2007 2:31:33 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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