Saturday, November 11, 2006

Stand Up Stand Down

What a clusterfuck.

In recent months, American commanders say, the most senior Iraqi Army and police leaders have ignored growing Shiite militia activity, provoking retaliatory attacks by Sunni insurgents, like the ambush and killing of 35 police officers in October in attacks near the city of Khan Bani Saad.

And General Shakir continued to harass Sunnis, the Americans said. In late September, troops led by General Shakir arrested 400 people, nearly all of them Sunnis, during raids in Baquba. Colonel Fisher estimated that there was reasonable justification to detain perhaps 10 percent of them.

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