Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Occupation Iraq: Iraqis to Euthanize Awakening

Yeah, the surge brought political reconciliation, uh-huh.

Yeah, readers, I am tired of the lying!

"Iraqis to keep paying Sunnis; Seek to reward those who turned against Al Qaeda" by Robert H. Reid, Associated Press | September 9, 2008

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Shi'ite-led government promised yesterday to continue paying salaries of thousands of mostly Sunni fighters who have turned against Al Qaeda but said the US figure on their numbers was too high.

The dispute over the number of Awakening Council members, also known as Sons of Iraq, could increase tension between Sunnis and Shi'ites at a time when the United States is pressing the Iraqis to take advantage of the drop in violence to forge power-sharing agreements for a lasting peace.

The US military believes the figure is about 99,000 based on a headcount this year. The US gathered iris scans and other information on each volunteer fighter to make sure the list was accurate, US military officials say.

Something I don't know, an Anti-Christ would do?

Chief government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told Al-Arabiya television late Sunday. He said the government believed the real figure was no more than 50,000 - or about half the American count. He also suggested some members may be purged.

The mostly Shi'ite security services have also been arresting some Awakening Council figures in Diyala province, Baghdad and elsewhere, accusing them of various crimes and working with the insurgents.

Are they going to keep paying them like we did?