'Sunni Awakening': Insurgents Are Now Allies

The fighters of Iraq's "Sunni awakening" have become as controversial as they've been successful. Nearly 80,000-strong, paid by the Pentagon, and independent of the Iraqi government, these Sunni "awakening councils" are largely made up of former insurgents who have turned their guns on al Qaeda. "At the beginning, people saw it as an occupation which had to be resisted," said Abul Abed, leader of the Knights of Mesopotamia, speaking in Arabic. "But then, they saw that the Americans were...Full Story
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