Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Abu Ali doesn't kill Americans any more

Michael Yon from Baqubah. He interviews  Abu Ali, of the 1920 Revolution Brigades, who until this year killed Americans, but who now fight with the Americans to remove al-Queda. Why?

Speaking through LT David Wallach, a native Arabic speaker, Abu Ali said that “al Qaeda is an abomination of Islam: cutting off heads, stealing people’s money, kidnapping . . . every type of torture they have done.”

Notice his answer here.

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.”

Let's hope that's how it happens.

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