Skip to comments.Iraq's Awakening stripped of their police ranks
Posted on 09/26/2010 3:42:28 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
BAGHDAD - Hundreds of police officers, formerly members of an American-backed Sunni paramilitary force, will be stripped of their ranks in the Sunni Arab province of Anbar, tribal leaders and Anbar police said Sunday.
The officers called the move by Iraq's Interior Ministry, which oversees police, a threat to security in Anbar, once a stronghold of Sunni insurgent violence. In 2006, a group called the Awakening, some of them former insurgents, rose up with tribal and U.S. backing to battle al-Qaeda in Iraq. The same strategy was mirrored across the country with American backing and funding, and what became the Sons of Iraq is credited with helping calm Sunni Arab areas.
In 2007, the U.S. military transformed many of the Awakening members in Anbar into police officers. Now many, such as these 410 men, are being stripped of their ranks, are being targeted by al-Qaeda in Iraq or think the Shiite-led government is trying to get rid of them.
"This committee in the Ministry of Interior is sectarian," said Ahmed Abu Risha, the head of the Awakening and a tribal leader in Anbar. "When you dismiss those who fought al-Qaeda in the streets, this is support for al-Qaeda. What I expect are dire consequences."
Tribal leaders and police officers in Anbar warned that the move could destabilize the province as a political deadlock continues more than six months after national parliamentary elections. They accused the Interior Ministry of demoting them and promoting unqualified outsiders in their stead.
On Saturday, dozens of the men gathered at Abu Risha's headquarters in Anbar province to protest the order from the Interior Ministry, issued last week. The order demanded that the men leave the force or stay on as beat officers.
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Hear we go. This could undo the progress since the “surge”.
Yet more proof, that everything Obama touches TURNS TO CRAP!!
Obama..snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Hundreds of police officers, formerly members of an American-backed Sunni paramilitary force, will be stripped of their ranks in the Sunni Arab province of Anbar, tribal leaders and Anbar police said Sunday. The officers called the move by Iraq's Interior Ministry, which oversees police, a threat to security in Anbar, once a stronghold of Sunni insurgent violence.
The Regime Apparatchik media here announced our departure from Iraq hourly for days (wink-wink—nod-nod). Now all we have to do is sit back and watch, as Obama grins with his feet on the desk in the Oval Orifice.
Just shows you that our President is stupid despite being book smart.....
Ditto. It’s nonsense like this that can undermine the whole effort. The leftists and Iranian sympathizers will be pleased.
The “book smart” is questionable given the lack of records and school acquaintances.
This is a bad decision.
Two steps back with this one.....
410 out of a force of 30,000.
Less than 2%.
They did not go to school and that is costing them their job...
Still that’s a potential 410 additional Insurgents.