Att konflilkten fortsätter i Irak verkar ha fallit bort i den svenska mediarapporteringen efter att de framgångsrapporter som skrevs efter de amerikanska truppförstärkningarna. Även om attackerna minskat och Baghdad är något lugnare fortsätter gerilla grupper med runt 700 IED överfall varje månad är det enligt det amerikanska kommandot.
Den stora skillnaden mot tidigare är dock att nu står 3 beväpnade etnisk/religösa grupper mot varandra istället för två. Med den amerikanska armen i mitten.
Situationen är alltå vad jag kan förstå inte lika dålig som när dessa videoklip togs vid en attack mot försörjningskonvojer och militärpatruller. Det var förresten vanlig post som lastbilschauffören i videon fraktade.
WASHINGTON – For months, US President George W Bush and General David Petraeus have been touting the program of recruiting tens of thousands of Sunnis into US-financed "Awakening Councils" as a master stroke of Iraq strategy which has weakened al-Qaeda in Iraq and helped reduce sectarian conflict through "bottom-up reconciliation".
But the mainstream Sunni insurgents who have been fighting al-Qaeda appear to have outmaneuvered US strategists by using the councils to pursue their interests in weakening their most immediate enemy, reducing pressures from the US military and establishing new political bases, while continuing to mount attacks on US and Iraqi government forces.
The biggest question surrounding the strategy from the beginningwas whether the Awakening Councils – called Sahwa in Arabic – would be a haven for Sunni insurgents.
High-ranking US officers issued public assurances last year that former insurgents would not be allowed to enter the program, but last month, Iraqi government officials, including Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, began raising the specter of "infiltration" of the Awakening groups by al-Qaeda or "Ba’athists". Those are terms which have often been used by Shi’ite leaders to refer to the mainstream Sunni insurgents.
The US command responded by denying they have been infiltrated systematically by either al-Qaeda or other "extremists". At a February 17 press briefing, Rear Admiral Gregory Smith admitted that individual extremists may have infiltrated some units, but rejected the idea that any "complete unit" of the Awakening had gone "bad".
Nevertheless, by the end of 2007 it had become clear the Sahwa were dominated in many places by the Sunni insurgent groups, and US specialists were openly acknowledging it. The 1920 Revolution Brigades, a major Sunni armed resistance organization, is the primary element in the Sahwa in Diyala province as well as in parts of al-Anbar province. One commander of the Brigades, Abu Marouf, brought 13,000 of his fighters into the Sahwa in Anbar. His background as an insurgent commander is well known locally but has never been acknowledged by US officials.