IRAQ - Sunni Tribes To Combat Neo-Salafi Groups.
Sunni tribal leaders who have vowed to drive al-Qaeda out of Anbar - Iraq's most restive province - on Sept. 27 met Shi'ite PM Maliki, marking what Washington hoped was to be a breakthrough alliance against Neo-Salafi militants. Shaikh Sattar al-Buza'yi, a Sunni tribal chief from Anbar who has emerged in recent weeks as a leader of a tribal alliance against Osama bin Laden's followers followers
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It was the first time Maliki had met the shaikhs since they pledged to fight al-Qaeda in a meeting at Buza'yi's compound in Ramadi, the provincial capital Noun 1. provincial capital - the capital city of a province
capital - a seat of government
city, metropolis, urban center - a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts; "Ancient Troy was a great city" , two weeks earlier. Al-Qaeda's Iraq branch has seized control of towns and villages throughout the Euphrates river Euphrates River
Turkish Firat Nehri Arabic Nahr al Furat
River, Middle East. The largest river in Southwest Asia, it rises in Turkey and flows southeast across Syria and through Iraq. valley along the 250 km stretch from Falluja, 50 km west of Baghdad, to the Syrian border. But the Neo-Salafis' strict interpretation of Sunni Islam Noun 1. Sunni Islam - one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam
Islam, Muslimism - the civilization of Muslims collectively which is governed by the Muslim religion; "Islam is predominant in northern Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and and violent rule has alienated al·ien·ate
tr.v. al·ien·at·ed, al·ien·at·ing, al·ien·ates
1. To cause to become unfriendly or hostile; estrange: alienate a friend; alienate potential supporters by taking extreme positions. traditional-minded Sunnis, including groups which have supported the insurgency in·sur·gen·cy
n. pl. in·sur·gen·cies
1. The quality or circumstance of being rebellious.
2. An instance of rebellion; an insurgence.
1. against US forces. The US says its 30,000 troops in Anbar cannot defeat the insurgency on their own.
US military commanders were on Sept. 30 quoted as saying sectarian violence Sectarian violence or sectarian strife is violence inspired by sectarianism, that is, between different sects of one particular mode of thought, not necessarily religious (e.g. had increased - particularly in Baghdad - since the start of Ramadan. Colonel Sean MacFarland, commander of US forces in Ramadi said the Neo-Salafi insurgency could be beaten but probably not until after US troops left the country. He said: "An insurgency is a very difficult thing to defeat in a finite period of time. It takes a lot of persistence. Perseverance is the actual term that we like to use". MacFarland commands the 1st Brigade, 1st Armoured Division. He said in a video-teleconference with reporters at the Pentagon: "Who knows how long this is going to actually last? But if we get the level of violence down to a point where the Iraqi security forces Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) is the Multi-National Force-Iraq umbrella name for the military and police forces that serve under the Government of Iraq.
The armed forces are administered by the Ministry of Defense (MOD), and the Iraqi Police is administered by the Ministry of are more than capable of dealing with it, the insurgency's days will eventually come to an end. And they will come to an end at the hands of the Iraqis, who, by definition, will always be perceived as more legitimate than an external force like our own".