U.S. troops begin joint patrols of Baghdad area with … Sunni insurgents

posted at 6:00 pm on June 5, 2007 by Allahpundit

It’s in Amiriyah, the same neighborhood where the Islamic Army of Iraq and AQ went toe to toe last Thursday. I wondered in a later post about whether reports of U.S. gunships in the area meant we were effectively fighting on the side of insurgents against Al Qaeda.

And so we are:

U.S. forces have begun conducting joint patrols with Sunni resistance fighters in the Sunni enclave of Amiriyah where a group of local leaders have banded together to fight al-Qaeda, U.S. Army officials said Tuesday.

Major Chris Rogers, executive officer of the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division, responsible for Amiriyah, said soldiers acting on information provided by the fighters had detained five suspected al-Qaeda members in overnight raids and were holding them for questioning.

He said the group had decided it did not want to be known as ‘the Baghdad Patriots’ the name given to it by U.S. forces.

“They decided they want to be called freedom fighters,” Rogers said.

The neighborhood is quiet now, the internecine jihad having metamorphosed and become … an Internet flame war. Yes, really.

Here’s the latest from CNN about the Sunni backlash against AQ. We’re dealing with some mighty “interesting” characters here to flush out the jihadists, but it’s our best option at this point. Meanwhile, the Iraqi parliament granted itself the power today to veto any extension of a U.S. troop presence beyond the December 31st deadline. That’s not quite what the Sadrists were after last month, where they circulated a bill to impose a timetable for withdrawal, but it’s a step in that direction. Voting in favor: 85 MPs, including Sadr’s people and some of the shadier Sunnis. Voting against: 59, including most of the Kurds. Not present: 131.


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Look, we find out who al these interesting characters are, have ‘em help us nail AQ, and if they don’t play ball when we’re done with AQ, we whack em too. Win-win.

Iblis on June 5, 2007 at 6:04 PM

I hope this is really Operation Use Insurgents To Root Out And Kill Jihadists While Infiltrating And Gathering Intel So We Can Kill You Insurgent Ratbastards At A Later Time At Our Convenience.

Bad Candy on June 5, 2007 at 6:04 PM

Bad Candy on June 5, 2007 at 6:04 PM

Can you tighten that up to an acronym for us?

TexasDan on June 5, 2007 at 6:16 PM

Not to be confused with the Anaheim, Azusa & Cucamonga Sewing Circle, Book Review and Timing Association.

rw on June 5, 2007 at 6:24 PM

‘Tis good to know that I’m not the only one that remembers the line “We’re going to turn them against each other.”

Kind of hard to do that if we’re not there to stir the pot.

steveegg on June 5, 2007 at 6:27 PM

He said the group had decided it did not want to be known as ‘the Baghdad Patriots’ the name given to it by U.S. forces.

Because, as anyone who knows anything about Sunni political culture in Iraq, the tribes in that region are all Jets fans.

Duh!

Effing ignoramus Lil’ Chimperorers.

Steve LLamabutcher on June 5, 2007 at 6:27 PM

Whatever it takes so the Iraqi’s can clean house and start to form some sort of national identity … then we need to leave.

darwin on June 5, 2007 at 6:50 PM

AQ is primarily an Arab Muslim problem, so what better way to defeat AQ. This is who we are at war with. We know that AQ has been responsible for drawing out much of the sectarian violence.
This kind of out sourcing I like. I just hope it spreads to the other tribes and leads to some form of democracy, for what it’s worth.

Kini on June 5, 2007 at 7:05 PM

They were missing 131 representatives for the vote? Is that even a quorum?

Lehosh on June 5, 2007 at 7:41 PM

Not present: 131.

Well…that speaks volumes.

flipflop on June 5, 2007 at 8:19 PM

Glad to see a place for the Hell (MI) freezes over sign.

freebird on June 5, 2007 at 8:26 PM

“The diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Good dog’, while you are searching for a big rock”

I love it.

If we’ve learned anything, it’s that we can’t defeat ‘em all at once without generating collateral damage – which is what they want, anyway. Like sands of the hour-glass …

Besides,AQ can’t garner casual media/Muslim-on-the-street support if they’re being hunted by other Muslims. It’s no longer a crusade.

Pick ‘em off one at a time.

Sit, Ubo, sit.

Good dog.

yo on June 5, 2007 at 8:28 PM

This is how Cortez defeated Mexico. Use one tribe against the other. It certainly wasn’t just a few hundred conquistedors that did it. Divide and conquer. Niiiice.

Mojave Mark on June 5, 2007 at 8:35 PM

This is how Cortez defeated Mexico. Use one tribe against the other. It certainly wasn’t just a few hundred conquistedors that did it. Divide and conquer. Niiiice.

Mojave Mark on June 5, 2007 at 8:35 PM

New dogs, old trick.

IrishEyes on June 5, 2007 at 8:49 PM

Look, we find out who al these interesting characters are, have ‘em help us nail AQ, and if they don’t play ball when we’re done with AQ, we whack em too. Win-win.

Iblis on June 5, 2007 at 6:04 PM

“As you know, you have to go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you want,” Rumsfeld said.

IrishEyes on June 5, 2007 at 8:51 PM

No nation wants to be occupied, and these Anbarians took up arms to resist. Later, they realized that to end the occupation required cooperation with the occupiers. This is only practical.

HerrMorgenholz on June 5, 2007 at 9:04 PM

THAT”S MY PICTURE!! But, I added text at the bottom, “Ok, How ’bout NOW?” It goes with my baby pictrure.

Anyway, this is still not the surge, but something has to change.

Mazztek on June 5, 2007 at 9:17 PM

Is it me or has the whole world gone nuts?

TwinkietheKid on June 5, 2007 at 10:52 PM

We should just give the entire Middle East to Israel…Live would be easier.

Tim Burton on June 5, 2007 at 11:21 PM

Live=Life

Tim Burton on June 5, 2007 at 11:22 PM

The US should come right behind this development with bennies like rebuilding infastructure and mabey a community center with basketball courts? They could creat a little industry mabey a couple little factories making whatever bricks or concrete. Gainful employment would these guys another venue to get self esteme besides the hate/kill cycle.

sonnyspats1 on June 6, 2007 at 1:00 AM