U.S./ Iraqis Launch Anti-Insurgent Drive
By PATRICK QUINN
February 21, 2005
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -
U.S. Marines and Iraqi security forces launched a new offensive Sunday
against insurgents in troubled cities west of Baghdad after two days of
carnage that left nearly 100 people dead. Sunni Muslim tribal leaders met
to determine their place in a Shiite-dominated Iraqi government.
As the Shiite majority prepared to take control of the country's first freely
elected government, tribal chiefs representing Sunni Arabs in six provinces
issued a list of demands - including participation in the government and
drafting a new constitution - after previously refusing to acknowledge the
"We made a big mistake when we didn't vote," said Sheik Hathal Younis
Yahiya, 49, a representative from northern Nineveh. "Our votes were very
He said threats from insurgents - not sectarian differences - kept most
Sunnis from voting.
Gathering in a central Baghdad hotel, about 70 tribal leaders from the provinces of Baghdad, Kirkuk, Salaheddin, Diyala, Anbar and Nineveh, tried
to devise a strategy for participation in a future government. There was an
air of desperation in some quarters of the smoke-filled conference room.
"When we said that we are not going to take part, that didn't mean that
we are not going to take part in the political process. We have to take part
in the political process and draft the new constitution," said Adnan al-
Duleimi, the head of Sunni Endowments in Baghdad.
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Looks like the hold outs are starting to understand that they can't
hold their breath and stomp their feet in the new Iraq. The head of
the Sunni Endowments in Baghdad is talking in circles. The Sunnis
said they weren't going to take part in the elections and then when
they saw that the elections were a success, they now are backtracking
and trying to say that they didn't say that at all.
The Iraqis and Americans are working together to rid the country
of the parisite insurgents. This is on the job training for the Iraqis
and that means American forces can leave Iraq that much sooner.