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-- Micah 6:8

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-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

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--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Ignored by NPR, Chapter IV

More signs the tide is turning against Al Quaeda:


In March, we noted the successful model of the Anbar Salvation Council will very likely be replicated elsewhere in regions where al Qaeda has established bases of operation. We singled out Diyala in particular, as al Qaeda's campaign of murder and intimidation was beginning to anger the tribes much as it did in Anbar province. Al Qaeda's establishment of its Islamic State of Iraq, with its capital in Baqubah made the province ripe for am major Coalition operation in the region. In early March, Al
Sabaah reported
the local sheikhs in Diyala were organizing against al-Qaeda and its Islamic State of Iraq, "which [is] spreading corruption in the province districts." Today, the speculation has become a reality, as, "Arab tribesmen in Baqubah have said they will form a tribal alliance to cleanse the Diyala province of foreign fighters and those of the al-Qaeda terrorist network in Iraq."
"Tribesman Sheikh Wameed al-Jabouri told al-Hayat that a number of tribes had signed a cooperation agreement to undertake this mission and to bring the city back to how 'it used to be,'" notes DPA. "The agreement could be considered "a national charter" that proves their rejection of the actions of the terrorist groups, al-Jabouri said."

Soldiers from the 5/20 Strykers conduct operations
in Buhriz on March 20, 2007.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall.

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