Monday, September 18

Tribes Vow To Fight Insurgency In Anbar

This is pretty positive news. Some 20,000 Iraqi tribal men in the Anbar province have joined together to fight the insurgents there.

(AP)Tribal leaders and clerics in Ramadi, the capital of violent Anbar province, met last week and have set up a force of about 20,000 men "ready to purge the city of these infidels," Sheik Fassal al-Guood, a prominent tribal leader from Ramadi, told The Associated Press, referring to the insurgents.

"People are fed up with the acts of those criminals who take Islam as a cover for their crimes," he said. "The situation in the province is unbearable, the city is abandoned, most of the families have fled the city and all services are poor."
The only concern I have is that these men want new weapons and vehicles. Are we sure that they are not going to turn around and attack us with those weapons? Or worse yet, give them to the insurgents or Al Qaida. Regardless, this needs to be looked into, and if it is legit, we need to give them what is needed. Otherwise they will side with insurgents and turn their anger towards us.