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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another


The Beginning of the End?

An Islamic militant group said in an internet statement that it had beheaded an Iraqi Shi'ite and follower of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr because he had been spying for US forces.

The statement by Army of Ansar al-Sunna group, which was posted on a web site, said Alaa al-Maliki was a member of Sadr's movement and "one of the most dangerous spies working for the American forces in Iraq against Sunnis".
It is never good news when a person is beheaded. However, it looks like the foreign Sunni terrorists are now willing to decapitate Shi'ites for alledged collaboration.

As well, as Karl Vick reports in today's Washington Post, the indigenous insurgents in Fallujah are getting fed up with the foreign terrorists in their midst.
Several local leaders of the insurgency say they, too, want to expel the foreigners, whom they scorn as terrorists. They heap particular contempt on Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian whose Monotheism and Jihad group has asserted responsibility for many of the deadliest attacks across Iraq, including videotaped beheadings.

"He is mentally deranged, has distorted the image of the resistance and defamed it. I believe his end is near," Abu Abdalla Dulaimy, military commander of the First Army of Mohammad, said.
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Zarqawi has a 25 million dollar bounty on his head and, if the Fallujah natives are getting fed up it is not going to take long for one tribal group or another to decide to grab the bounty.

It is interesting to note that the Americans are using what amount to modified Israeli tactics in detroying safe houses and attempting to target the insurgent leadership. These tactics are aimed at making harbouring terrorists increasingly risky, indeed lethal. By building pressure in Fallujah the scene is being set for a final break between the native insurgents - who seem willing to negotiate terms - and the foreign terrorists who are practicing the politics of "no surrender".

By keeping up the pressure the possiblity of a negotiated stand down increases. Not quickly, but steadily.