Iraq Paramilitary Group Targeted, Despite Success : NPR

Posted: 9/05/2008 by Floyd in Labels:

Violence has fallen dramatically across Iraq, due in part to the contributions of the Sunni paramilitary groups that are supported and funded by the U.S. military.

What is happening is the Shiite led government is now targeting these groups and could basically jeopardize any significant gains made by them. Mullah Shihab is a member of Sons of Iraq and now wanted by the government; "When my country became occupied, I exercised my legal and legitimate right to fight the occupiers," Shihab says. "When al-Qaida started killing innocent people in this country, I turned against them and began working with the Americans."

When the Sons of Iraq gained success it became a centerpiece of the American strategy, and when we read this article concerning now how the government views this sort of thing we can gain a better insight or at least a little insight of how the government works in relation to these groups and how they are also a vital role in keeping the peace.

Anymore on the net it is like a web draped over Iraq and we only get a glimpse of how everything is and draw our own opinions based on that, we see clearly that the sons of Iraq and probably a lot like them are Sunni and the government is Shiite led, it gives us a feel also that Iraq has far to go because the division is still deep within these groups. Let us look at the the next line in how the government looks at this and what we can see  is more or less 'still' based on the Shiite and Sunni and still has no indication of of any kind of unity;

Shihab's name, along with hundreds of his fighters, is on an arrest warrant — and the only ones safeguarding them now are the very people they used to fight against.

"We were against the American forces, but the Americans are now taking our side more than the Iraqi forces," Shihab says. "The Americans are protecting our leaders from the Iraqi government."

According to Shihab, several new insurgent groups with names like "the Al Mustafa Brigade" have recently sprung up in Diyala.

It's a worrying trend for the U.S. military and one that could potentially undo much of the progress that has been made.

Khalaf is unswayed and talks to them dismissively.

"I'm against this name 'Sons of Iraq,'" Khalaf says. "We are all the sons of Iraq. There is no Iraqi who is not a son of this country. Let's not get things mixed up."

His message is clear: In the province of Diyala, at least, the time of the "Sons of Iraq" is over.

Iraq Paramilitary Group Targeted, Despite Success : NPR