Bad News For al-Qaeda in Baghdad
In Baghdad, Sunni tribal leaders met with Iraq's Shi'a PM Nuri al-Maliki and pledged their support in cooperation to drive out al-Qaeda. This is a very significant step for Iraq, especially within the context of sectarian violence raging since the bombing of the Shia's Golden Mosque in Samara.
Sattar al-Buzayi, a Sunni sheikh from Anbar province who has emerged in recent weeks as a leader of a tribal alliance against Osama bin Laden's followers, said he and about 15 other sheikhs bq. had offered their cooperation to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
"We agreed to cooperate," Buzayi told Reuters. "We haven't agreed to anything specific, but we agreed to cooperate."
Maliki's office issued a statement praising the chiefs for their committment to fighting the militants.
"This is admired and respected by all Iraqis. We are fully prepared to back your efforts," the prime minister said.
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