Sunni Tribal Leaders Blast "Al-Qaeda Devils" (Video)- Update: Shia Leaders Make Peace Deal
Sunni tribal leaders rebuked “Al-Qaeda devils” for bringing death and misery to Iraq.
Sunnis and Shiites gather for a reconciliation meeting in the neighborhood of Abu Dshir, in southern Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008. Shiites from Abu Dshir hosted their Sunni neighbors from Arab Jabour for talks. (AP Photo/ Loay Hameed)
A Sunni tribal leader has a message for Al-Qaeda after they killed his son this past week in a suicide bombing:
“We are ready to sacrifice our last drop of blood. We are defending our homes and our honor.”
From a CNN video.
Guess what?… It wasn’t America’s fault!
It wasn’t America who was causing all of the chaos in Iraq after all, despite what Democrats believed.
Antiwar Representative John Murtha (Democrat-PA), November 17, 2005:
“Our troops have become the primary target of the insurgency. They are united against U.S. forces and we have become a catalyst for violence. U.S. troops are the common enemy of the Sunnis, Saddamists and foreign jihadists.”
The antiwar hawk and Democratic leaders have all suggested that it was American troops who were responsible for the violence in Iraq.
But, this week Iraqi Sunni tribal leaders explained who was really responsible… And, it wasn’t the US troops.
Sunni tribal leaders blasted the “Al Qaeda Devils!”
The AP reported:
Leaders of the rapidly expanding U.S.-backed movement, credited with helping reduce the overall number of attacks across the country by 60 percent since June, condemned bin Laden’s latest message to his followers.
“We consider our fighting against al-Qaida to be a popular revolution against the devil,” said Sheik Mohammed Saleh al-Dohan, head of one of the groups in southern Ramadi, a city in Anbar province where the movement was born.
Al-Dohan blamed al-Qaida, which espouses a radical version of Sunni Islam, for bringing destruction to Iraq: “They made enemies between Sunnis, Shiites and Christians who lived in peace for centuries.”
Bin Laden and his fighters “are the traitors who betrayed the Muslim nation and brought shame to Islam in all the world,” he said.
Sunni security volunteers stand guard under a portrait of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr during a reconciliation meeting in the neighborhood of Abu Dshir in southern Baghdad, Iraq on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008. (AP)
Meanwhile… Rival Shiite factions met today to cement a peace deal.
The AP reported:
Representatives of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr met Thursday with officials from his chief rival’s party in an effort to cement a tenuous peace agreement the two signed in October after violent clashes between their followers.
It was at least the second formal overture al-Sadr has made to Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim and his Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, the largest Shiite political party, in less than a week.
Peace between the two — who each control powerful militias — is seen as key to preventing the outbreak of widespread fighting in oil-rich southern Iraq, where the British military recently handed over responsibility for security to Iraq’s government in Basra, the last province it controlled.