Media Shocker… "Iraqi Residents Fight Al Qaeda, Ask for US Aid"

It’s not even Friday (although it is a short work week) and the media let this headline slip through its filters:

“Iraqi Residents Fight Al Qaeda, Ask for US Aid”

What’s up with the AP?
How did this story ever squeak by?…

A battle raged Thursday in west Baghdad after residents rose up against al-Qaida and called for U.S. military help to end random gunfire that forced people to huddle indoors and threats that kept students from final exams, a member of the district council said…

U.S. forces backed by helicopter gunships clashed with suspected al-Qaida gunmen in western Baghdad’s primarily Sunni Muslim Amariyah neighborhood in an engagement that lasted several hours, said the district councilman, who would not allow use of his name for fear of al-Qaida retribution.

Casualty figures were not immediately available and there was not immediate word from the U.S. military on the engagement.

But the councilman said the al-Qaida leader in the Amariyah district, known as Haji Hameed, was killed and 45 other fighters were detained.

Members of al-Qaida, who consider the district part of their so-called Islamic State of Iraq, were preventing students from attending final exams, shooting randomly and forcing residents to stay in their homes, the councilman said.

Amazing!
So when did Al Qaeda start operating in Iraq?

Powerline has more.

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