A Look Inside the Sunni Insurgency

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An excellent article from the Guardian today on how the Sunni insurgency in Baghdad really works. Lots of excellent details, like the fact that arms for the insurgency are gained through corrupt contacts in the Iraqi government, or that many Sunni insurgents now blame al Qaeda for indiscriminately killing Shiites and bringing the wrath of the Shiite militias down upon them. Most of all — and this may be clever PR work — the Sunni insurgency seems less concerned with killing Americans than with defending their neighborhoods, which now have “defence lines, trenches and booby traps,” against the Shiites.

Read the whole thing. It’s good.

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