"Alleged al-Qaida fighters attacked a Sunni village east of Baqouba on Thursday and killed a village leader who had led the community in an uprising against the terrorist organization, witness and police said.
At the same time Timim, a nearby Shiite village, came under attack, again by alleged al-Qaida fighters. A total of 15 people, including seven women, were killed and 22 wounded in the two assaults, said Baqouba police Brig. Ali Dlaiyan.
Ten attackers were killed as villagers fought back, he said. A joint U.S.-Iraqi force had blocked the region.
The attack began at 6:30 a.m. by about 25 gunmen on the Ibrahim al-Yahya village when the fighters exploded a bomb at the house of Sheik Younis al-Shimari, destroying his home and killing him and one member of his family. Ten people were wounded, including four other members of the family and passers-by. Some of the wounded were hit by gunfire.
"They were shouting Allah Akbar and Curse be upon the Renegades," said Umm Ahmed, who was among the three women wounded in the attack. She refused to give her full name fearing retribution. "This attack will cause the uprising against them to spread to other villages."" IHT
Not a bad day’s work for the villagers. If AQinM feels constrained to attack Sunni villages to try to discipline them and regain control, then they are in a sorry state. If villagers are willing to defend themselves against AQinM, then a kind of turning point has been reached. If the technique of accepting the "rally" of previous hostiles has been successfully exported from tribal territory in Anbar, then something serious is happening. The US military has "broken the code" on this. It took a long time, but, better late than…
Those who believe that war must follow the dictates of policy however foolish are upset about this development. They argue that there is a government in Baghdad. It was elected under a constitution that most admired. They reason that the present government must have all power in the state and must dictate the terms of power and wealth sharing.
It does not seem to matter for people who reason that way that the government in Baghdad is unrepresentative of the Sunni Arabs and unwilling to share power or wealth with them. It does not seem to matter that an armed citizenry is the best guarantee of government moderation. Federalist #46 argues differently, but no matter.
There is a major disagreement building up between the civilians and the newly pragmatic military. This should be interesting. pl