Want a sign the “surge” is working? How about former Sunni “insurgents” joining with Iraq and US military to fight Al Qaeda? This is the sort of thing the war planners were hoping would happen. That the people would isolate Al Qaeda and turn informant for the military. Somebody tell Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) that his ‘loss’ is losing.
“We do not kill police or army members, or call for their killing,” he said. “Al Qaeda threatened us for taking this stance. … They began to kidnap and kill our fighters, so … we began to fight back.”
The commander said his group had turned down a previous request from U.S. officials to join the fight against Al Qaeda.
“But after recent killings among our Iraqi people in the province, we decided to fight alongside Iraqi and American troops,” he said.