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Tribal/Fundamentalist Violence
by juan cole (reposted)
Sunday Nov 26th, 2006 8:03 PM

Tribal/Fundamentalist Violence
Guerrillas Economically self-sustaining

That a tribal group and Sunni fundamentalists clashed in al-Anbar is believeable. That the tribe lost 9 and "al-Qaeda" lost 55 is not, unless it was a sneak attack.

The NYT says that oil smuggling, antiquities smuggling, kidnapping for ransom, and fraud raise as much as $200 million a year for the Sunni Arab guerrilla movement. I suspect money comes in from the Oil Gulf, as well. There has been no success in cutting the funding off.

John Tirman on regionalizing Iraq: "Few if any peace processes can succeed without the neighbors' active consent."
§Peshmerga to Guard MPs: Mashhadani
by juan cole (reposted) Sunday Nov 26th, 2006 8:04 PM
The USG Open Source Center translates this item from the Kurdistan press:

'Iraqi Parliament To Entrust Kurdish Peshmerga With Guarding MPs
Unattributed report: "Al-Mashhadani recommends the peshmerga to guard Council of Representatives' members"

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan WWW-Text
Saturday, November 25, 2006 T20:56:20Z

Iraqi Speaker Mahmud al-Mashhadani recommended entrusting peshmargas with guarding members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives. Al-Mashhadani made his recommendation during the council's in camera session that discussed the members' safety, today 23 November 06. Al-Mashhadani's proposal comes following an unsuccessful assassination attempt against him in which his convoy was targeted by explosive devises.

Iraqi Council of Representatives' Member Azad Chalak told PUKmedia that Al-Mashhadani made the recommendation to entrust peshmargas with guarding council members during today's session. He added that nobody had voted against the proposal. Chalak added that the council decided to vote on a bill for preventing the guards of the council members from entering the parliament carrying guns.
On Al-Mashhadani's proposal, Minister of Region for Peshmerga Affairs Shaykh Ja'far Shaykh Mustafa told the PUKmedia that guarding council members was a patriotic mission; we were ready to discuss it.

(Description of Source: (Internet) Patriotic Union of Kurdistan WWW-Text in Sorani Kurdish -- Patriotic Union of Kurdistan media website) '
§Dozens of Bodies Found
by juan cole (reposted) Sunday Nov 26th, 2006 8:06 PM

Dozens of Bodies Found
Firefight at Taji
Dhari Urges Arabs to turn on Maliki

Police found 17 bodies in Baghdad on Saturday. They found 21 bodies of Shiites in Balad Ruz, a small Sunni city near Baquba northeast of the capital. US forces said they killed 22 Iraqis at Taji in a fight with guerrillas.

As for a fear of civil war, that cow has been out of the barn for some time.

Harith al-Dhari, Secretary-General of the Association of Muslim Scholars said in Cairo that the Arab League and the United Nations should withdraw their support from the Shiite-dominated government of PM Nuri al-Maliki.