Al-Qaida 's presence in Iraq (brought on by the American occupation) is weakening the Iraqi Resistance. Imad Khadduri.
.This was a comment by Freydoun on the previous posting "Bush is a genius":"Just look at how some so called Iraqi Sunnis turned Iraq's victory into a defeat for fistful of dollars?"".... When Capt Cosper had gone, the men were beaten up and taken to the cell. Later, one of Abu Abed's men drove up and shouted: "I brought another one." His face was shining with happiness.
"Where is he?" asked a captain.
"In the boot," replied the gunman. "I found him standing in the street behind Abu Omar's building."
"Are you sure you didn't capture Mudhar? I asked him to guard the back."
"No, no, I am sure he is one of them," said the fighter. The captain pulled out a shaking man from the boot like a magician pulling out a rabbit. "Ah Mudhar, I am sorry," said the captain. "I told you he is one of us."
The fighter kissed Mudhar twice and said he was sorry but Mudhar should try not to look so suspicious in future.
Mudhar, still shaky, looked at him. Then, confused and angry, walked away."Meet Abu Abed: the US's new ally against al-Qaida November 10, 2007"Inside a stately guesthouse on the grounds of Saddam Hussein's palace in Tikrit on the banks of the Tigris, sheikh Sabah al-Hassani jokes that the initials "SH" of the former dictator etched on the walls are his.
"I have a weakness for Cuban cigars, French cologne, and Spanish-made loafers," he says with a wide grin."Will 'armloads' of US cash buy tribal loyalty? November 8, 2007And the response (Divide and Conquer):"U.S. and Iraqi forces killed an estimated 15 al-Qaeda gunmen during a fierce battle south of Baghdad after the militants launched a major attack on recently formed neighborhood patrols, the U.S. military said Tuesday.
The military said up to 45 al-Qaeda fighters launched a mortar attack and then assaulted two checkpoints manned by local security guards on Monday using small arms and heavy machine guns mounted on trucks in a day-long fight.
U.S. F-16 warplanes dropped two 500-pound bombs during the battle in the town of Adwaniya, about 12 miles southeast of Baghdad.
The al-Qaeda raid marked one of the biggest attacks on neighborhood patrols, many of which are paid by the U.S. military, since their numbers began increasing in and around Baghdad a few months ago.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led government has voiced suspicion of such armed groups, which are made up predominantly of Sunni Arabs. A number of local guards are former insurgents who have since turned against al-Qaeda.
Col. Terry Ferrell, commander of U.S. troops in the Adwaniya area, said U.S. and Iraqi ground forces and U.S. helicopters and warplanes were used to repel the attack. Two members of the 100-strong Adwaniya "concerned citizens" unit (emphasis added), set up only a week ago, were killed."U.S.-Iraqi forces kill at least 15 in al-Qaeda battle November 14, 2007