Video: Red on red in Diyala province

posted at 5:39 pm on June 8, 2007 by Allahpundit

To its credit, CNN has done a bang-up job lately covering the one bit of good news in Iraq these days. Petraeus recently called the security improvements in Anbar “breathtaking;” anecdotal evidence suggests he’s right. The question is, as it’s been all along, what’ll happen to these tribesmen if and when Al Qaeda is repelled and we pull out. Swords into ploughshares is the hope, warlordism is the likely possibility. This report comes from Diyala province, which is now AQ HQ thanks to the backlash in Anbar. Looks like they’re making friends there too. Click the image to watch.

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Back in Baghdad, Maliki appears less concerned with the fact that sectarian killings are inching back up towards pre-surge levels than with the fact that Iyad Allawi’s still trying to replace him. Allawi is a Sunni puppet, he insists, conveniently neglecting to mention that (a) Allawi’s a (secular) Shiite and (b) the reason he has Sunni support is because Maliki himself is suspected of being an Iranian puppet. And speaking of which, read Bill Roggio’s analysis of what U.S. troops have been doing in Sadr City lately. The Khazali network should be vaguely familiar to you: I’ve written about them several times, first when Khazali himself was arrested back in March and several times since in connection with trafficking in EFPs and pepetrating the Karbala operation in which five U.S. troops were kidnapped and killed. Roggio says they’re being supplied by another network — the Sheibani network, which See-Dub wrote about during my vacation. What’s the common thread between them? As though you need to ask:

Iran’s Qods Force has set up the Qazali and Sheibani networks to provide for plausible deniability. “Military intelligence officers describe their Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps counterparts’ strategy as one of using “nonattributable attacks” by proxy forces to maximize deniability” Time noted in 2005. Qods has established their Iraqi networks to be manned by Iraqi operatives, which provides a degree of separation from the Iranian regime…

Leaders within Sheibani Network, and by extension the Qazali network, while Iraqi in nationality, are members of Iran’s Qods Force.


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I just wanted to add a comment here so I can feel smarter than the 204 (and counting) comments over at the PH thread. THIS IS OVER THE FREAKING TOP!

Editor on June 8, 2007 at 6:09 PM

So much for moderates. Introduce industry and infastructure, mabey a couple factories.

sonnyspats1 on June 8, 2007 at 6:25 PM

Whoa serious homies!

sonnyspats1 on June 8, 2007 at 6:40 PM

I just LOVE red-on-red. After all, I seem to be one of the few that remember that we’re supposed to be turning them against one another.

As for the lack of comments (noted in the current Paris! thread), it’s Friday. 3/4ths of the country is already in weekend mode, and those on the Left Coast are almost there. Did you expect serious news to get attention?

steveegg on June 8, 2007 at 7:10 PM

I tried two Iraq posts and got five comments for my trouble. – AP

Perhaps a pendulum swing from the intensity of the last few days re: immigration into unimportant commentary. I know I’m ‘recharging’ today.

Spirit of 1776 on June 8, 2007 at 7:25 PM

Oh, and one more thing; I am proud to have absolutely, positively no Paris Hilton mentions (much less posts) at NRE. The closest I got was mentioning Paris Lenon going out of a Packer game.

steveegg on June 8, 2007 at 7:27 PM

Paris who…?

GO 1920 Allahu Sunni Akbhar Brigade or whatever you’re calling yourselves lately! GO my favorite insurgent group! Beat your opponent… soundly!

Too bad we can’t watch this on JSPN (Jihadi Sports Prgramming Network).

CliffHanger on June 8, 2007 at 8:31 PM

This is a great sign. Hopefully the tide is turning.

TheBigOldDog on June 8, 2007 at 8:39 PM

Token comment on substantive post.

flipflop on June 8, 2007 at 8:41 PM

From the Paris! thread -

We’ve got 200+ comments in the other Paris thread. Rosie threads rarely got that high.

You’re always free to not read ‘em.

Allahpundit on June 8, 2007 at 7:16 PM

Comments aren’t everything, AP (or at least says someone who doesn’t do blogads).

steveegg on June 8, 2007 at 8:57 PM

Let me be the first to firmly bridge the Paris-Diyala divide by suggesting she serve the balance of her sentence in Baqouba.

SailorDave on June 8, 2007 at 9:06 PM

Check it out these homies are wearing some semblance of a uniform. Petraeus is a gambling man with this stratagy. Hey when you got nothin you got nothin to loose. These boys need some positive reinforcment right about now. How about air conditioning a mosque for them. Hit em where they live. Seriously.

sonnyspats1 on June 8, 2007 at 9:46 PM

I say let them kill Al Qaeda and we’ll deal with the warlord issue afterward.

csdeven on June 8, 2007 at 11:40 PM

warlordism is the likely possibility

Er…I dunno ’bout that one, Big A. I have a little bit of experience with “warlordism” and some academic training too. The two classic cases of Warlordism are China (post Sun Yat Sen – and whilst being pecked at, hard, by the Japanese) and Afghanistan, post Soviet/Najibullah, pre-Karzai.

Both are wonderous examples of utter lawlessness, the failed state, etc., etc. Iraq is too …er, concentrated (?) for that. Kurds area is calm, Shia waaaayyy outnumber the Sunni, and Iran is meddling – but no Imperial Japan or Soviet Union.

Maybe this situation is leaning more toward Central America in the 1980s thanm China in the 1930s.

But maybe it is the Jameson talking me into this position…

major john on June 9, 2007 at 1:04 AM

Given the importance of tribal allegiances, this is a golden opportunity for America. The destruction of Al Qaeda in Iraq will be a body blow to our main enemy. It might even “finish” them in terms of effectiveness.

The future of the war on terror depends upon the destruction of Al Qaeda in Iraq. If they win in Iraq, their ranks will swell and they WILL bring it home to us in America. If Al Qaeda is defeated, their ability to recruit new adherents (the “foreign fighters”) will be seriously eroded and instead of burgeoning, their ability to fight us will diminish.

The Traitor Party does not consider Al Qaeda, the people who blew up the WTC, as the Enemy. Their enemy is George W. Bush.

georgej on June 9, 2007 at 2:53 AM

The future of the war on terror depends upon the destruction of Al Qaeda in Iraq.

It depends on what’s written in the Koran. It’s not a war on “terror.” That’s like having a war against bombs. It’s a war against Islam and all that Islam brings with it. Freedom and Islam cannot coexist.

Mojave Mark on June 9, 2007 at 10:34 AM

Mohammad was the primal warlord.

You’ll get nothing from Islam but the same.

The same name. The same methods. The same aim.

Best they stay in their own lands and squabble there.

We already had 1000 years of religious wars. Enough.

profitsbeard on June 9, 2007 at 5:21 PM

The more they kill each other, the fewer of them that we have to kill.

old_dawg on June 9, 2007 at 10:47 PM