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Gannon Man Date Donating Member (123 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 09:42 PM
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http://news.ft.com/cms/s/7b2a3b4e-9d4e-11d9-a227-00000e...

Iraq's insurgents seek exit strategy'
By Steve Negus in Baghdad
Published: March 25 2005 16:55 | Last updated: March 25 2005 16:55

Many of Iraq's predominantly Sunni Arab insurgents would lay down their arms and join the political process in exchange for guarantees of their safety and that of their co-religionists, according to a prominent Sunni politician.

Sharif Ali Bin al-Hussein, who heads Iraq's main monarchist movement and is in contact with guerrilla leaders, said many insurgents including former officials of the ruling Ba'ath party, army officers, and Islamists have been searching for a way to end their campaign against US troops and Iraqi government forces since the January 30 election.

Firstly, they want to ensure their own security, says Sharif Ali, who last week hosted a pan-Sunni conference attended by tribal sheikhs and other local leaders speaking on behalf of the insurgents.

Insurgent leaders fear coming out into the open to talk for fear of being targeted by US military or Iraqi security forces' raids, he said.

--more at link--

I hope this is a sign that things are working out, so we can bring our troops HOME.

(sorry if this is a dupe, I'm new at this, but I did do a search)

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GetTheRightVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 09:44 PM
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1. I do not trust any stories concerning giving up on part of Sunni insurgent
especially by US media reports, who is report the news ??

:kick:
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Gannon Man Date Donating Member (123 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 09:50 PM
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2. Financial Times of London
Not sure of their politics, but definitely not a US source.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 09:58 PM
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4. maybe they too, are sick and tired of the killing
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Gannon Man Date Donating Member (123 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:03 PM
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7. That's what I am hoping
There has been too much killing already.
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Media_Lies_Daily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 09:59 PM
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5. Do you know that our intell types plant stories in the foreign press...
...using US and foreign media assets? They've been doing this for about the last 57 years starting with Operation Mockingbird in 1948.
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Anarcho-Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:02 PM
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6. On social issues and foreign policy the FT is centre-left n/t
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Gannon Man Date Donating Member (123 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:05 PM
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8. Hmmm
I am getting conflicting feedback here. I guess that is to be expected on DU.
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JimmyJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:48 PM
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12. Considering there are 60,000+ registered members, I can see
why we might not all reach a consensus. But, the story is certainly interesting. Of course, we want it to be true. I know I want this war to end (to the benefit of all involved) and stories like this are certainly encouraging.
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warrens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:44 PM
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11. FT is reliable, but one Iraqi politician SAYING something don't make it so
FT is right to report it, but whether it is really true is highly debatable. Most of the Sunnis know they will have at best a limited role in any government and that their chances of being arrested and shipped to gitmo are unfavorable. Would you trust us?
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Gannon Man Date Donating Member (123 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:57 PM
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13. Even if the Sunnis can cut a deal
and the Shia will play along with it, there is still the foreign fighters to contend with. It's not going to be pretty for a long time, but I think this is a step in the right direction, for a change.
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Nickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 09:56 PM
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3. Lots of propaganda gets sent through the Financial Times.
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Yupster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:20 PM
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9. One of the lesser reported stories
of the Iraq war is the campaign to wipe out former regime members by Shi-ite vigilante groups. It's been relentless for over a year, and the police pretty much turn a blind eye.

Therefore, I don't think they're going to get their wish to declare peace if that's what they want. I think they will continue to be hunted down regardless of what we do or do not do.

Some of the people in the story I read I had some sympathy for, others not. People targeted were military officers, judges, political officials. One story was about a doctor who lived in his barricaded house because he was used by the regime to amputate ears of deserters. He was eventually killed.
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Gannon Man Date Donating Member (123 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:30 PM
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10. That's awful
This article draws a distinction between the Sunni insurgents, {who attack coalition and security forces, and are looking for the exit strategy), and the Zarkawi wing, who will attack civilians too. It's a holy mess, for sure.
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Yupster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 02:15 AM
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16. Yes, the Zarqawi wing
is going to fight regardless.

The former regime guys I'm sure would like a way out of the mess they're in. I don't see it happening though. They are outnumbered 3X1 by the Shi-ites, and there are tens of thousands of Shi-ites who have personal grudges against the old regime. I don't see how the Sunnis come out okay once we leave.
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Gannon Man Date Donating Member (123 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 12:11 AM
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14. badump-bump
:kick:
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Generic Guy Donating Member (224 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 12:52 AM
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15. Me too.
It is time to end this unjust war and bring our troops home. Then we can focus solely on bringing bush and his cronies to justice.
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