Tuesday, August 30, 2005

This is certainly interesting:
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Heavy fighting broke out in western Iraq between pro and anti-government tribes Tuesday
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The clashes between the pro-government Bumahl tribe and the pro-insurgent Karabila tribe began after 2 a.m. in the western city of Qaim near the Syrian border, said the officials
Sounds like some of the Sunnis are signing up with the U.S. Judging from the names, I have a feeling this has a lot to do with the other headlines we've been seeing:
U.S. warplanes launched strikes in western Iraq on Tuesday which the U.S. military said killed an al Qaeda militant named Abu Islam among other fighters, and which a hospital source said killed at least 47 people.
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A U.S. spokeswoman said some of Abu Islam's associates then drove around six km (four miles) to a house in Karabila.

"Around 8:30 a.m., a strike was conducted on the house in Karabila using two precision-guided bombs. Several terrorists were killed in the strike but exact numbers are not known," the statement said.
This could mark a sea change in the Sunni insurgency, if more tribes follow the Bumahl lead.

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