Saturday, August 04, 2007

In Iraq, a Perilous Alliance With Former Enemies

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ISKAN, Iraq -- Inside a brightly lit room, the walls adorned with memorials to 23 dead American soldiers, Lt. Col. Robert Balcavage stared at the three Sunni tribal leaders he wanted to recruit.

Their fighters had battled U.S. troops. Balcavage suspected they might have attacked some of his own men. The trio accused another sheik of having links to the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq. That sheik, four days earlier, had promised the U.S. military to fight al-Qaeda in Iraq and protect a strategic road.

"Who do you trust? Who do you not trust?" said Balcavage, commander of the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, his voice dipping out of earshot.
The Shiites, who dominate the new government in Iraq, are (supposedly) our allies. Now the Sunnis are (supposedly) our allies. And yet these two forces, combined with American troops cannot seem to defeat an estimated 1200 foreign al Qaeda fighters. Are we being played?


Blogger theBhc said...

"The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is widely reported to have helped create Hamas in 1982."

This is great example of disinformation in the media, perpetuating phony narratives. Mossad helped create Hamas because

Israel thought that it was a smart ploy to push the Islamists against the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO)".

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