- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 8, 2006

Could Sunni Iraqi opinion finally be turning against Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab Zarqawi’s terrorist organization? There’s no definitive sign that is the case. But after more than 130 people died in violence on Thursday, which capped off one of the most violent weeks since the 2003 invasion — Sunnis in Ramadi, once a a city notorious for sympathizing with the terrorist insurgency, were condemning Al Qaeda in Iraq publicly for the first time.

“Neither the Americans nor the Shiites have any benefit in doing this. It is Zarqawi,” Khalid Saadi, a brother of one of those killed on Thursday, said of the terrorism. Ramadi’s governor, Aqeel al-Khazraji, blamed the attacks on “takfiris and Saddamists” (Takfiris are Sunni extremists who seek to kill people they deem infidels.)

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