Part of the "Sunni Triangle," Ramadi has long been a hotspot of insurgent and terrorist activity (and their supporters). But there have been indications that the tide is turning. Besides participating strongly in the upcoming elections, the people of Ramadi have had enough of the terrorists.
Iraqis Hand Over 'The Butcher,' High-Ranking Al Qaeda MemberCongratulations to the increasingly brave Iraqis who are fighting for their country's future!
Friday, December 09, 2005
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraqi citizens turned over a high-ranking Al Qaeda member known as "the Butcher" to U.S. forces in Ramadi Friday a military statement said...
According to [Capt. Jeffrey S.] Pool, Iraqi and U.S. Forces "have witnessed increasing signs of citizens fighting the terrorists within Ramadi as the Dec. 15 National Elections draw nearer."
I find a couple things this about this story notable. 1) The Iraqis handled it as a legal matter (turn him over to authorities) rather than a revenge (kill him and then turn him over). 2) The Iraqis of Ramadi obviously view the U.S. as their partner in reclaiming/rebuilding their country. A promising development, on many levels.
In another encouraging sign, the usually-antagonistic Sunnis religious leaders are calling for the recently-seized hostages to be released.