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Iraqis/Americans launch anti-insurgent drive

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posted on Feb, 21 2005 @ 08:19 AM
U.S./ Iraqis Launch Anti-Insurgent Drive
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
vote's legitimacy.

"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.

Read the rest here -
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.
Excellent news.

posted on Feb, 21 2005 @ 08:35 AM
It is good news. And I love the fact the the Sunni's are realizing they made a mistake by boycotting the elections, that in itself gives the new government legitimism among the Iraqis.

The naysayers are running out of things to complain about. We are at the point now that the only real issue in Iraq is the insurgents and terrorists themselves. Not the "American Oppressors".

I wonder what Al Jazeera and Jihad unspun will report about now?

Its too bad some Iraqis didnt realize this two years ago and let us rebuild thier country without Saddam and all the bloodshed. Imagine if all the money thats been spent fighting the terrorist insurgents actually went into building a better country like we wanted to? Food, clean water, electricity, sewage removal, education, and thousands of fewer people dead.

[edit on 21-2-2005 by skippytjc]

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