""Preliminary reports said he was killed yesterday in Taji area in a battle involving a couple of insurgent groups, possibly some tribal people who have problems with al-Qaida. These reports have to be confirmed."
Tribesmen in the western Anbar province have been fighting al-Qaida for weeks and claim to have killed dozens of them." Yahoo News
If it is true that Masri was killed in fighting against Bedouin tribesman fighting as part of a tribal force, and if it is true that similar things are happening in the far west of Iraq, then the the situation in Iraq may become a desperate one for the international jihadis of AQ in Iraq.
It was never going to be possible for US forces or Shia Arab manned Iraqi forces to subdue the "Sunni Triangle" and Anbar Province. US forces and those of the largely Shia government are simply too alien, too few and too unwilling to pacify the region through unlimited violence.
On the other hand, the Arabs of the desert own the "big sand box." It created them and they reside in it as their ancestral homeland. A skilled approach to them, appealing to their collective tribal interest and that of their sheikhs was always likely to produce results unfavorable to AQ in Iraq.
There is certain to be a great reluctance to do this among the town Arabs. They think of Bedouins as primitives, as something akin to the tribal American Indian in the frontier West. They think of them as regressive and a handicap for Arab societies to overcome. A Jordanian infantry captain told me that once. He was a Palestinian, a rarity in the combat arms in Jordan. His distaste for Bedouins was palpable.
Hopefully, those Americans lucky enough to work with the tribes do not feel the same way. pl