Uh-oh, Now What?

Iraqi insurgents kill key US ally

A key Sunni ally of the US and Iraqi governments has been killed in a bomb attack in the city of Ramadi, Iraqi police and media say.

Abdul Sattar Abu Risha was the leader of an alliance of Sunni Arab tribes that rejected al-Qaeda because of its methods and worked with the US.

He was killed in a bomb attack near his home in Iraq’s western Anbar province.

Abu Risha was among a group of tribal leaders who met President George W Bush during his visit to Iraq last week.

BBC News has more. And if you think you’ve heard the name, perhaps you heard it here.

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17 thoughts on “Uh-oh, Now What?

  1. Isn’t this guy absolutely critical to the stability of the Anbar province, which happened to be the big feel-good story Betrayus pushed as “proof” that the “surge” was “working”?

    “Now what”, indeed.

  2. “We hate al-Qaeda, but at the same time we don’t like the Americans,” said Emad Jasem, 23, from the Soufiya district, north of Ramadi. Although they were cooperating with U.S. troops because of “overlapping interests,” he said, “no one should jump to the conclusion that we are on the side of the Americans and support them. Our loyalty is to our community and our city.”

    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” at work again. Will we never learn?

  3. Good point, Kevin. BTW, perhaps you were unaware that as a WordPress blogger, when you post a comment, your name automatically links to your own WordPress blog. No need to add it again. (Not that it hurts :) )

  4. I bet that George W. Bush’s speech writers are going full bore on a rewrite of tonight’s speech.

    I might also note that every speech is a self-satire.

  5. Willy,

    That makes perfect sense. And when the chimp is done eating, he just flings poo at everyone else. And washes it down with pee. I think most of us have seen the chimp peeing in his own mouth video.

  6. Shayne, I would be more worried about a hunting trip with Cheney, then a meeting with Bush. At least in this country. In Iraq, either would be bad.

  7. Thanks a lot Dave, that’s the visual I’ll be seeing while watching the speech tonight. I hope you’re happy, lol.

    Good point krazny, either way, run.

  8. Shayne, I’m totally happy that image is forever burned in your mind. I think Jeff Gannon taught that one to Dubya.

  9. Sure dave, making excuses for the chimp. But from the looks of all that green leafy stuff around him he doesn’t look like he’s in the middle of a drought. Maybe he’s recycling tequila or something.

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