- The Washington Times - Monday, February 6, 2006

In another sign of the growing rift between Iraqi insurgents and al Qaeda, over the weekend an influential Sunni sheik in Anbar province condemned the foreign terrorists in his midst and blamed them for the deaths of civilians.

“We realized that these foreign terrorists were hiding behind the veil of the noble Iraqi resistance,” Sheik Osama al-Jadaan, head of the Karabila tribe in western Iraq,” told the Christian Science Monitor. “They claim to be striking at the U.S. occupation, but the reality is they are killing innocent Iraqis in the markets, in mosques, in churches, and in our schools.”