US Joins Saudis in Arming Iraqi Sunni Insurgents
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Author:  Sir-Irate [ Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:31 pm ]
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The same gang of crooks as usual.

As far as the Saudis go, I'm betting there time is coming to.

Author:  shoeless [ Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:29 pm ]
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Link: IRAQ: U.S. Losing Ground Through Tribal Allies

RAMADI, Jun 15 (IPS) - U.S. attempts to win over tribal collaborators in the al-Anbar province have won it more enemies instead.

The U.S. military has launched one of its biggest operations to date to regain control of the province, to the west of Baghdad. It had lost control over the region more than a year back.

Massive U.S. military operations have brought short-term victories, but turned people more and more strongly against the occupation. The province remains the most dangerous for occupation forces, and attacks have continued to escalate.

Unnamed officials in the Bush administration have made claims to reporters that the move has reduced violence in al-Anbar, but residents in the area think otherwise.

Few tribal groups are backing U.S. forces any more.


Author:  dori [ Sat Jun 16, 2007 1:45 pm ]
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Are we proud, or what...

Author:  shoeless [ Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:04 pm ]
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Link: U.S. Strategy on Sunnis Questioned

Shiite and Kurdish officials expressed deep reservations on Sunday about the new U.S. military strategy of partnering with Sunni Arab groups to help defeat the militant organization al-Qaeda in Iraq.

"They are trusting terrorists," said Ali al-Adeeb, a prominent Shiite lawmaker who was among many to question the loyalty of the Sunni groups. "They are trusting people who have previously attacked American forces and innocent people. They are trusting people who are loyal to the regime of Saddam Hussein."

"We cannot take weapons from certain insurgents and militias and then create other militias," said Abbas Bayati, a Turkmen Shiite lawmaker who is part of the majority bloc in parliament. "You need to open recruiting centers and provide training; now what is going on is giving weapons and money to the tribes and individuals."

Mahmoud Othman, a Kurdish legislator, acknowledged the potential benefits of reducing the strength of al-Qaeda in Iraq but said of Sunni Arab groups: "They take arms, they take money, and in the future they will be a problem. Politically, they are still against the Americans and the Iraqi government."

"Every three months they have a new strategy. This is not only a distracting way to conduct policy, it is creating insecurity for all. I don't think these strategies have been thought through deeply. It is all about convenience," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.


Author:  dori [ Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:55 am ]
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"We cannot take weapons from certain insurgents and militias and then create other militias," said Abbas Bayati, a Turkmen Shiite lawmaker who is part of the majority bloc in parliament. "You need to open recruiting centers and provide training; now what is going on is giving weapons and money to the tribes and individuals."

Yup, sounds like the way our current government works...if that is called working.


Author:  Sir-Irate [ Wed Jun 20, 2007 11:05 pm ]
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How do we know if that is "really" true? Are we really getting the truth out of Iraq? I'm betting we get what they want us to get. Cartel Manufactured Truth! Hmmm .. what does this really mean? Guessing .. Expect more losses! Remember the earlier warnings? July / August .. Expect things to get much worse. We are getting closer -- Today is the 20th June.

Author:  TUTUTKAMEN [ Sun Jun 24, 2007 2:54 am ]
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Has anybody noticed that we no longer fight or kill insurgents. All we do now is engage, capture, or kill AQ operatives. The insurgents have laid down their weapons and accepted occupation forces that will rid their country of AQ. Praise be to Bush, Allah, and MSM !!!!!!!

Author:  Catherine [ Sun Jun 24, 2007 8:04 am ]
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All we do now is engage, capture, or kill AQ operatives.

And they always seem to be the "#1 or #2" operative! :lol: :lol:

Author:  shoeless [ Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:35 pm ]
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Link: Saudis' role in Iraq insurgency outlined

BAGHDAD — Although Bush administration officials have frequently lashed out at Syria and Iran, accusing it of helping insurgents and militias here, the largest number of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq come from a third neighbor, Saudi Arabia, according to a senior U.S. military officer and Iraqi lawmakers.

About 45% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia; 15% are from Syria and Lebanon; and 10% are from North Africa, according to official U.S. military figures made available to The Times by the senior officer. Nearly half of the 135 foreigners in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq are Saudis, he said.

Fighters from Saudi Arabia are thought to have carried out more suicide bombings than those of any other nationality, said the senior U.S. officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the subject's sensitivity. It is apparently the first time a U.S. official has given such a breakdown on the role played by Saudi nationals in Iraq's Sunni Arab insurgency.

He said 50% of all Saudi fighters in Iraq come here as suicide bombers. In the last six months, such bombings have killed or injured 4,000 Iraqis.

The situation has left the U.S. military in the awkward position of battling an enemy whose top source of foreign fighters is a key ally that at best has not been able to prevent its citizens from undertaking bloody attacks in Iraq, and at worst shares complicity in sending extremists to commit attacks against U.S. forces, Iraqi civilians and the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.


Author:  shoeless [ Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:50 pm ]
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Iraqi Insurgents Taking Cut of US Rebuilding Money
by Hannah Allam
BAGHDAD - Iraq’s deadly insurgent groups have financed their war against U.S. troops in part with hundreds of thousands of dollars in U.S. rebuilding funds that they’ve extorted from Iraqi contractors in Anbar province.

The payments, in return for the insurgents’ allowing supplies to move and construction work to begin, have taken place since the earliest projects in 2003, Iraqi contractors, politicians and interpreters involved with reconstruction efforts said.

A fresh round of rebuilding spurred by the U.S. military’s recent alliance with some Anbar tribes - 200 new projects are scheduled - provides another opportunity for militant groups such as al Qaeda in Iraq to siphon off more U.S. money, contractors and politicians warn.

“Now we’re back to the same old story in Anbar. The Americans are handing out contracts and jobs to terrorists, bandits and gangsters,” said Sheik Ali Hatem Ali Suleiman, the deputy leader of the Dulaim, the largest and most powerful tribe in Anbar. He was involved in several U.S. rebuilding contracts in the early days of the war, but is now a harsh critic of the U.S. presence.

Providing that security is the source of the extortion, Iraqi contractors say. A U.S. company with a reconstruction contract hires an Iraqi sub-contractor to haul supplies along insurgent-ridden roads. The Iraqi contractor sets his price at up to four times the going rate because he’ll be forced to give 50 percent or more to gun-toting insurgents who demand cash payments in exchange for the supply convoys’ safe passage.


Author:  Catherine [ Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:35 pm ]
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Another example of no checks and balances between a Republican White House and a Republican Congress...too many follow the money AFTER they'd given Bush and his cronies the go-ahead to invade.


Author:  shoeless [ Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:20 pm ]
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Top Sunni Sheik Killed in IED Attack
Sunni Sheik Leading Revolt Against al Qaeda in Iraq Killed in IED Attack


The Sunni sheik cooperating with the United States against al Qaeda in Iraq was killed in an improvised explosive device attack near his house in Anbar province.

Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, head of the Anbar Salvation Council (also known as the Anbar Awakening), led the revolt of Sunni tribes who backed the Iraqi government and U.S. forces in Iraq.

Though al Qaeda would have an interest in killing Abu Risha, no group has yet claimed responsibility for his death. The IED explosion occurred near Abu Risha's house targeting his soft-skin SUV. He died instantly, along with his personal security guard and three other guards. Following the attack, a second explosion occurred not far from the first, also intended for Abu Risha's party.

Gen. David Petraeus first learned about Abu Risha's death during a morning meeting with the Washington Post editorial board and called the Sunni leader's death a "tragic loss."

"His efforts, and those of his fellow tribal sheikhs, to take the fight to al Qaida and bring peace and security to Anbar and other regions of Iraq exemplify the courage and determination of the Iraqi people," said White House NSC spokesman Kate Starr.

al Qaeda will undoubtedly be blamed for this. However, as it turns out, this guy was a criminal, who was feared and despised by other Sunnis, as well as the Iraqi government.

Being Careful of Your Friends in Iraq

So what sort of a deal could the U.S. strike? General Odierno, an Iraq veteran with a reputation for cold-eyed realism, has cited the military's partnership with formerly anti-American tribes in the restive Anbar promise. There, U.S. Marines have supported a coalition of tribes, known as the "Anbar Salvation Front," fighting al-Qaeda. The group's leader, Sheikh Sattar al-Rishawi, is ostensibly cooperating with the U.S. and Iraqi forces to drive out the foreign fighters who make up much al-Qaeda's ranks in Iraq. And since the alliance has been in effect, the number of attacks against U.S. forces in Anbar has halved.

But that's only part of the picture. Sheikh Sattar, whose tribe is notorious for highway banditry, is also building a personal militia, loyal not to the Iraqi government but only to him. Other tribes — even those who want no truck with terrorists — complain they are being forced to kowtow to him. Those who refuse risk being branded as friends of al-Qaeda and tossed in jail, or worse. In Baghdad, government delight at the Anbar Front's impact on al-Qaeda is tempered by concern that the Marines have unwittingly turned Sheikh Sattar into a warlord who will turn the province into his personal fiefdom.

As useful as they can be in the short term, alliances with tribal or insurgent groups tend to be highly fluid and unstable. Some of the tribes fighting alongside the Marines today were once swearing loyalty to al-Qaeda and gleefully killing Americans. They can turn again. A senior Iraqi commander told TIME of his great fear that, after the Americans leave, the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad would try to impose some degree of control over the Anbar tribes, sparking an armed revolt. "When that happens, the tribes will turn to anybody who's willing to help them fight against the Shi'ites," the commander said. "And guess who will be at the front of the queue?" Some American commanders have expressed similar concerns.

After all, it's not just the U.S. that can regard yesterday's enemy as today's friend. ... 00,00.html

Bush sure knows how to pick his friends.


Author:  shoeless [ Fri Sep 21, 2007 2:47 pm ]
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[url=]Link: Bush’s Fake Sheik Whacked:
The Surge and the Al Qaeda Bunny

Published September 17th, 2007 in Articles
A special investigative report from inside Iraq
by Greg Palast

Monday, September 17, 2007- Did you see George all choked up? In his surreal TV talk on Thursday, he got all emotional over the killing by Al Qaeda of Sheik Abu Risha, the leader of the new Sunni alliance with the US against the insurgents in Anbar Province, Iraq.

Bush shook Abu Risha’s hand two weeks ago for the cameras. Bush can shake his hand again, but not the rest of him: Abu Risha was blown away just hours before Bush was to go on the air to praise his new friend.

Here’s what you need to know that NPR won’t tell you.

1. Sheik Abu Risha wasn’t a sheik.
2. He wasn’t killed by Al Qaeda.
3. The new alliance with former insurgents in Anbar is as fake as the sheik - and a murderous deceit.

How do I know this? You can see the film - of “Sheik” Abu Risha, of the guys who likely whacked him and of their other victims.

Just in case you think I’ve lost my mind and put my butt in insane danger to get this footage, don’t worry. I was safe and dry in Budapest. It was my brilliant new cameraman, Rick Rowley, who went to Iraq to get the story on his own.


Author:  Catherine [ Fri Sep 21, 2007 4:45 pm ]
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GREAT POST, SHOE! Just another one of the Bush admin's attempts to hoodwink American non-thinkers and try to drum up some support for all things Bush.

Why was “sheik” Abu Risha so important? As the New York Times put it this morning, “Abu Risha had become a charismatic symbol of the security gains in Sunni areas that have become a cornerstone of American plans to keep large numbers of troops in Iraq though much of next year.”

In other words, Abu Risha was the PR hook used to sell the “success” of the surge.

The sheik wasn’t a sheik. He was a fake.

While proclaiming to Rick that he was “the leader of all the Iraqi tribes,” Abu lead no one. But for a reported sum in the millions in cash for so-called, “reconstruction contracts,” Abu Risha was willing to say he was Napoleon and Julius Caesar and do the hand-shakie thing with Bush on camera.

Notably, Rowley and his camera caught up with Abu Risha on his way to a “business trip” to Dubai, money laundering capital of the Middle East.

There are some real sheiks in Anbar, like Ali Hathem of the dominant Dulaimi tribe, who told Rick Abu Risha was a con man. Where was his tribe, this tribal leader? “The Americans like to create characters like Disney cartoon heros.” Then Ali Hathem added, “Abu Risha is no longer welcome” in Anbar.

“Not welcome” from a sheik in Anbar is roughly the same as a kiss on both cheeks from the capo di capi. Within days, when Abu Risha returned from Dubai to Dulaimi turf in Ramadi, Bush’s hand-sheik was whacked.

On Thursday, Bush said Abu Risha was killed, “fighting Al Qaeda” - and the White House issued a statement that the sheik was “killed by al Qaeda



Author:  dori [ Sat Sep 22, 2007 12:50 pm ]
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Where was his tribe, this tribal leader?

Does the Bush administration count?

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