New Operation Gets Surprise Support
By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail
"BAQUBA, Aug 5 (IPS) - A massive military operation in Diyala province has underscored the military and political gains by the Sahwa militia, despite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's earlier attempts to thwart them. Maliki has now apparently come around to involving the Sahwa rather than opposing them.
The Sahwa are the 'Awakening Forces' created and paid by the U.S. military to co-opt militants and to fight al-Qaeda, but which have become a force of their own parallel to the military and the police.
They are a mostly Sunni militia of about 90,000 comprising mostly former anti-occupation resistance fighters and even al-Qaeda members. Each member is paid 300 dollars monthly......"
COMMENT: I hate to admit it, but the US strategy to destroy and fragment Iraq, including the use of the "Salvador option," has been successful so far. I will not change this opinion until I see a real national liberation movement, representing all Iraqis, fighting the occupation and its puppets. So far, I don't see this happening, due to the influence of both the occupation and Iran.