Recently we noted the work that local Sunni sheiks were doing in Anbar province to root out al-Qaida and restore order in their domain. That article focused on the shady side of their law-and-order campaign.
But the MSM is now beginning to pick up on their police recruiting and its positive results.
At a news conference in Washington on Thursday, the U.S. commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, hailed Abu Risha and other Sunni tribal leaders.
He said the Sunni Arab tribes were “helping transform Anbar province and other areas from being assessed as lost as little as six months ago to being relatively heartening.”