Monday, June 25, 2007

No trust

One little detail in the reporting of today's hotel bombing in Iraq, which has been described as killing key members of the al-Anbar Salvation Council, repeatedly cited by the US as an example of low locals are turning against al-Qaeda:

After the blast, a member of the Anbar Salvation Council said in the provincial capital of Ramadi that the sheiks meeting at the Mansour Hotel had been dropped from the council "because they did not continue working with us." He said they had been meeting secretly with government officials, about unspecified matters.

So the US-allied group had a serious and perhaps fatal split before this bombing. Not a great endorsement of the new strategy of picking local favourites.