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On balance

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 25, 2006

In Samarra, several hundred Iraqis took to the streets Tuesday at the behest of major Sunni groups to denounce al Qaeda for killing dozens of police recruits -- the latest sign of trouble for al Qaeda in Iraq.

As Reuters reported, between 700 to 1,000 people organized by the Iraqi Islamic Party and Muslim Scholars Association condemned the al Qaeda attacks, which resulted in the deaths of 40 recruits. Anger has been growing in and around Samarra in the wake of the attacks and of the reported assassination of several local leaders by al Qaeda.

As one resident described the local Sunni leadership's new approach: "They will not allow Qaeda members to operate in Samarra any more ... If need be, they may start killing known al Qaeda members."