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Michael Yon and a leader of the 1920s Brigades
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Fascinating follow up. Yon speaks with Abu Ali, a current leader in Burhiz and member of the 1920s Revolution Brigades:
Ali said people had been afraid in their own homes because of al Qaeda. I asked if he had fought Americans and Ali laughed and said through Wallach, “What kind of question is that?” I chuckled. Unfortunately, we had to go to other meetings, so the time for taping was short. In closing, I asked Abu Ali if there was something he would like to say to Americans. The markets that had been closed under al Qaeda were bustling around us.

Ali thought for a moment as some local people tried to interrupt him with greetings, and he said, “I ask one thing,” and now I paraphrase Ali’s words: “After the Iraqi Army and Police take hold and the security forces are ready, we want a schedule for the leaving of the American forces.

“I will tell the Americans this,” I said. Ali seemed satisfied as he went off with another American unit. We loaded back into the Stryker and headed to other interesting meetings on other interesting matters, all dealing with the grinding gears of winning or losing this war, and with catching and killing al Qaeda.
Works for me.
 
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This is the comment I posted on the referenced story’s site:

So let me get this straight - he isn’t changing sides because he wants democracy, he is changing sides because AQ was too brutal. So what is our mission? What happens when AQ is no longer the target.

My thought is this, offer democracy - if it is rejected, say good bye.
 
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