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Sunni Awakening

Sunni Awakening Council Members, U.S. Allies In Iraq, Rejoining Al Qaeda

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Members of United States-allied Awakening Councils have quit or been dismissed from their positions in significant numbers in recent months, prey to a...

The Real Winner In Iraq

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells

2010-09-09-wells.jpgThousands of lives lost. Countries ravaged, and for what? No one has been held responsible, nothing has been gained.

Iraq's Crooked Politicians: Talking With Sheik Ali Hatem, Leader of the Sunni Awakening Councils

Federico Manfredi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Federico Manfredi

AH: Like the terrorists, our politicians are only interested in power. None of them care about the well-being of the Iraqi people. This is just a show to keep the Americans thinking that all is well in Iraq.

We're All Terrorist Supporters

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What we achieved in Iraq was to turn the Sunni populace by paying them "protection money" to stop shooting at our soldiers and shoot the people we directed them to. Tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.

Iraq Withdrawal in Danger

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Just when you thought that the fat lady was about to launch into an aria over America's exit from Iraq, the US military announced that it is drawing up contingency plans to delay the withdrawal.

The Sunni-Shia Conflict in Iraq

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

Tuesday's deadly coordinated bomb attacks against soft targets in Iraq bear the mark of a simmering Sunni insurgency. But the Sunni-Shia conflict has very little to do with personal religious grudges.

Gunmen Kill 5 "Awakening Councils" Sunni Guards In Iraq

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Gunmen killed five Sunni security guards – including one by beheading – in a gruesome pre-dawn slaying Tuesday at a villag...

Arrests Of Former Insurgents Who Switched Sides Inflaming Tensions In Iraq

New York Times | ALISSA J. RUBIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Members of the Sunni Awakening Councils, the former insurgents who switched sides to help bring calm to Iraq, are increasingly being besieged from all...

Obama Went to Iraq and Visited... the Airport. Was it the Sandstorms or the Rising Shitstorm?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

it is hard not to wonder about the "coincidence" of Obama's visit being confined to the airport and coming in the midst of a rising tide in violence in Iraq over the past several days.

Al-Qaida Infiltrating Iraq Security Forces: Sunni Awakening Commander

Time | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Sheikh Hamid al-Hayess is not optimistic. A burly man with a thick black moustache and closely knitted brows, he is one of the founding members of the...

While Obama Escalates War in Afghanistan, Iraq Could Blow Up in His Face

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

There is great reason to suspect that the timeline for withdrawal -- all troops out by 2011 -- announced in February by the Obama administration will prove to be a fallacy.

Iraq: 3,000 High-Risk Detainees

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

If these the 18,500 Iraqi detainees, when freed, return to terrorist activity, it will be the biggest road block to a stable democracy in Iraq -- if that's even possible.

The Surge "Success" Debunked

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Carlos Montalván

Iraq remains a powder keg. "The Surge" has done little to increase security, a state of civil war remains and regional conflict threatens greater problems for the future.

Has the 'Surge' Brought Us Any Closer to 'Victory'?

Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

If the surge has worked, that must mean victory is just around the corner, right? That's certainly the impression that the Bush White House is trying to give -- without exactly coming out and saying so.

Iraq Targets Leaders Of Sunni "Awakening"

New York Times | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Shiite-dominated government in Iraq is driving out many leaders of Sunni citizen patrols, the groups of former insurgents who joined the American ...

Not a Gaffe: A Fundamental Misunderstanding of Iraq

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ilan Goldenberg

This is not controversial history. It is history that anyone trying out for president must understand when there are 150,000 U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. It is an essential element to the story of the past two years.

McCain Makes False Claims On Iraq Timeline (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with CBS News' Katie Couric tonight, John McCain made the false assertion that the Surge brought about the so-called Anbar Awakening. ...

U.S. Admits Firing On Sunni Allies

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The US military has acknowledged that it fired on a group of its anti-Qaeda allies in Iraq in an attack the leader of the group said killed three peop...

Iraq: US Sunni Allies Protest Killings

AP | KIM GAMEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — An anti-al-Qaida Sunni group announced Saturday it was temporarily withdrawing from its alliance with the American military in protest...

Attacks Imperil U.S.-Backed Militias in Iraq

NY Times | SOLOMON MOORE and RICHARD A. OPPEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

American-backed Sunni militias who have fought Sunni extremists to a standstill in some of Iraq's bloodiest battlegrounds are being hit with a wave of...

4 Sunni Allies Of US Killed In Iraq

New York Times | DAMIEN CAVE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Four members of a local American-backed Awakening group in Diyala Province were killed Wednesday when a house they were raiding exploded, the police s...