Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Sunni Split?

With over 100 American military dead this past month, it's easy to get discouraged with events in Iraq. The white flag party has gone so far as to threaten impeachment if President Bush doesn't sign their Iraq appropriations bill, but maybe some new developments are having an impact.

It was reported earlier this month that several key Sunni militant groups had severed their association with Al Qaeda in Iraq.

In the Sunni heartland of Anbar and other provinces, Sunni groups have accused Al Qaeda of killing, kidnapping and torturing dozens of their fighters, clerics and followers

One leading Sunni extremist organization, the Islamic Army, says Al Qaeda has killed more than 30 fighters from different armed factions in recent weeks.

It seems that they have finally realized that these people are NOT working for Iraq's interest and that Al Qaeda might destroy Iraq altogether.

Al-Qaida has killed more Iraqi Sunnis in Anbar province during the past month than the soldiers of the American occupation have killed within three months.

One has to wonder why it took them so long but this rift might have led to the death of Abu Ayyub al-Masri, Al Qaeda's number one man in Iraq.

Al Qaeda Leader Reportedly Killed in Iraq


An Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, Ayyub Masri, was reportedly killed on Tuesday during an internal battle between northern Baghdad militants.

"We have definite intelligence reports that al-Masri was killed today," Interior Ministry spokesman.
Brigadier-General Abdul Kareem Khalaf told reporters.

A second source in the ministry also said Masri had been killed. Khalaf said Iraqi and US forces were not involved.

The US military claimed that it could not confirm the report yet.

Masri, an Egyptian, assumed the leadership of Al-Qaeda in Iraq after Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a US air strike in June 2006.

According to the US military, Masri was a close associate of Zarqawi. Washington has placed a $5 million bounty on Masri's head.

***This is at least the third time his death has been reported, but there does appear to be confirmation by local authorities. Still, the US has not yet confirmed his death.

15 Comments:

At 6:08 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Kawania che Keekeru!

Happy St. Tammany's Day, AC!

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

does it take seven times before it is done

 
At 2:47 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

HoozaH!..maybe AC the tide is turning in our direction!

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

Let's hope they got Masri, AC. We'll probably have to wait for the results of a DNA test to know for certain. As for several key Sunni militant groups severing their ties with Al Qaeda, this is great news and I doubt that we'll here it from the MSM. I hope I'm wrong.

More good news. I just read that the Bill proposing the minimum wage be raised was attached to the Bill Bush vetoed today, so that's not going to get passed either. LOL! They shot themselves in the foot.

 
At 6:48 AM, Blogger Urban Infidel said...

Eventually al quaeda will have gone to far even for some extremists.

I hope this is a turn for the good. But things might get a whole lot worse before they get better. And even when things calm down, I think we'll still see suicide bombings and more tribal sectarian killings.

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger Ducky's here said...

Can't tell the players without a scorecard.

Reports are that Darfur has gone through the same metamorphisis. Plenty of splinter groups and we should see peace in Darfur about the same time as Iraq winds down.

 
At 12:45 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Hopefully, this time Masri will truly have been killed.

 
At 3:52 AM, Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

What is it with the cries for impeachment?

At the March 17 peacenik protest in D.C., close to half of the demonstrators were carrying an impeachment sign.

 
At 7:20 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

It's not surprising AOW, when you have Congressmen like John Murtha, who continuously calls for impeachment because the President doesn't abdicate his responsibilities.

 
At 6:00 AM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

We all should write letters to murtha and tell him he is a sham to the Marine Corps. Maybe we'll get lucky.

 
At 6:06 AM, Blogger Obob said...

people like Murtha are those desperate politicians whom fell they are owed a piece of history. Apparently beig tied in with Ab-scam isn't seen as polsitive. So they sell out the US to make themselves look good in the history books. Neville Chamberlin follwed the same playbook.

 
At 3:48 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Ducky's here said...

Can't tell the players without a scorecard.

Unfortunately, there is some truth in that.

 
At 8:12 PM, Blogger nanc said...

o.t. - birthday party for tmw...shhhhhh...it's a surprise...

 
At 8:16 PM, Blogger nanc said...

sorry, wrong link - here's the right one...

 
At 5:58 AM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

a house divided (on either side) can not stand

 

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