Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Iraqis Turn their Guns on Al Quada...

The British paper The Telegraph has been reporting that there have been armed clashes between the tribal groups in western Iraq and the Al Quada near the Syrian border. Tribal leaders in Husaybah are attacking followers of Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born terrorist who established the town as an entry point for Al Quada jihadists being smuggled into the country.

The reason, the US military believes, is frustration at the heavy-handed approach of the foreigners, who have kidnapped and assassinated local leaders and imposed a strict Islamic code. They believe the trigger for this fighting was the assassination of a tribal sheik which was ordered by Zarqawi because he met with U.S. Marines Since then anyone considered to be aiding coalition forces was being killed or kidnapped. That included those with links to the government - seen as a US puppet - such as water or electricity officials. As a result local services had collapsed. Part of the strict code included closing any shop selling music or satellite dishes. Women were ordered to wear all-enveloping clothing and men forbidden from wearing western clothes.

The U.S. Military reported that they had been attacked by a group of foreign terrorists and as the foreigners were beaten back local Iraqi tribesmen ambushed them. As I blogged earlier, I feel the insurgency in Iraq will come to an end when the Iraqis take some control over their own country. While I am all in favor of fighting these Al Quada terrorists and murderers in the deserts of western Iraq instead of the streets on New York, London, Madrid or even Paris, it is very heartening to see that Iraqis are stepping up to the plate as well…


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