Iraq Round-Up!

Before I get to the round-up, I have to ask: did you know that AlterNet offers more Iraq coverage than appears on the front page? It's true -- right now, for example, there's a story about the discovery of a secret prison in Baghdad that's believed to be used by Shiite militias, and another about how the State Department is overstating Iraq's oil production.

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And, with the housekeeping complete, let's get to it…

The Guardian reports that Iraq's Sunni resistance groups expect American troops to start pulling out in a year. "Seven of the most important Sunni-led insurgent organisations fighting the US occupation in Iraq have agreed to form a public political alliance with the aim of preparing for negotiations in advance of an American withdrawal." Three of the most prominent groups are trying to establish a government-in-exile of sorts.

Speaking in Damascus, the spokesmen for the three groups - the 1920 Revolution Brigades, Ansar al-Sunna and Iraqi Hamas - said they planned to hold a congress to launch a united front and appealed to Arab governments, other governments and the UN to help them establish a permanent political presence outside Iraq.
They "denounced al-Qaida for sectarian killings and suicide bombings against civilians" and made it clear they'd keep fighting the U.S. Abu Ahmad, a spokesman for Iraqi Hamas, said: "Peaceful resistance will not end the occupation. The US made clear it intended to stay for many decades." Where in the world did they get that idea?

Speaking of the Sunni insurgency, the Washington Post had a must-read interview with an insurgent leader in Baghdad. He "described his hatred for Iran and the current Iraqi government, while outlining the dimensions of an armed insurgency that extends well beyond al-Qaeda in Iraq…"

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