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    Iraqi Sunnis Trained by U.S. Return to al Qaeda

    Hundreds of members of the Awakening Councils, a collection of United States-allied Sunni sheiks and their militia forces, have quit or been dismissed from their positions in the past few months, the New York Times reported Saturday.

    Iraqi government officials say that the fighters, known as Sahwa, have left as a result of an intensive recruiting campaign by the Sunni insurgency and rejoined Al Qaeda. Many have extensive knowledge of the U.S. military, the Times said, adding that it is possible that thousands of the fighters who are working for the government are simultaneously assisting the insurgency.
    FoxNews.com - Report: Sunni Allies in Iraq Quit to Rejoin Al Qaeda

    Will be interesting to see how the Government handles the defection.
    As they were trained by Western Soldiers, no doubt many will have working knowledge of how they operate.


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    Re: Iraqi Sunnis Trained by U.S. Return to al Qaeda

    Yep! We'll be going back in a few years.

    Looks like that political solution that was touted as the answer to ending the war isn't going to work out so well.
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    Re: Iraqi Sunnis Trained by U.S. Return to al Qaeda

    Right, and like there was any other viable solution to such a fundamental problem.

    What the hell are we supposed to do, occupy Iraq indefinitely? Annex it? Kill millions of innocents and pave the whole country?
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    Re: Iraqi Sunnis Trained by U.S. Return to al Qaeda

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Right, and like there was any other viable solution to such a fundamental problem.

    What the hell are we supposed to do, occupy Iraq indefinitely? Annex it? Kill millions of innocents and pave the whole country?
    That's generally how it works, yes.

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    Re: Iraqi Sunnis Trained by U.S. Return to al Qaeda

    Which one? I asked about 3 distinct possibilities.
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    Re: Iraqi Sunnis Trained by U.S. Return to al Qaeda

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Which one? I asked about 3 distinct possibilities.
    All of the above.

    I've never heard anyone suggest a better option.

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    Re: Iraqi Sunnis Trained by U.S. Return to al Qaeda

    The news story is pretty vague, so its hard to really understand what its specifically talking about. However I do know that the Iraqi Army is roughly 200,000 strong, and then there's the Iraqi Police, so I think they can handle a few hundred men with some training.

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    Re: Iraqi Sunnis Trained by U.S. Return to al Qaeda

    Quote Originally Posted by Patria Antiqua View Post
    All of the above.

    I've never heard anyone suggest a better option.
    I've got a better option.

    We get the hell out of there and stop making targets out of ourselves.

    We return only if Iraq represents a threat to our nation, and do so only to destroy the threat and leave again.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Iraqi Sunnis Trained by U.S. Return to al Qaeda

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    I've got a better option.

    We get the hell out of there and stop making targets out of ourselves.

    We return only if Iraq represents a threat to our nation, and do so only to destroy the threat and leave again.
    Why so spineless? It's a bit silly to whine about how people don't like you, or how people want to hurt you. That's politics, baby.

    Iraq under Hussein was detrimental to American interests, and I'm glad to see him go. To leave Iraq to Iraqis would be more of the same.

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    Re: Iraqi Sunnis Trained by U.S. Return to al Qaeda

    This isn't about wanting people to like me.

    This is about not wanting my countrymen walking around there with targets on their backs, and also not wanting us to commit mass murder.

    The solution is simple: Leave, until such time as Iraq poses a threat to our security.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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