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AP: Iraqi Locals Are Rising Up Against Al-Qaida

From a shocked and dismayed Associated Press:

U.S. soldiers secure the site of a bomb attack near a Sunni mosque in Baghdad May 28, 2007.

Iraq residents rise up against al-Qaida

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press Writers

A battle raged in west Baghdad on Thursday 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…

A member of the Fallujah city council, who also asked for anonymity for fear of attack by insurgents, said there were at least 20 killed and 25 injured.

The coordination of information in Fallujah was particularly difficult because the mobile telephone system has been working only sporadically…

Gosh, the headline writer is just asking to be fired.

It’s funny how seldom we are allowd to hear the truth about what most Iraqis really feel about the US presence.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 31st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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