Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Trouble in Anbar

Troubling news concerning the Iraqi elections.
“Tribal sheikhs who helped drive al Qaeda militants out of Western Iraq threatened on Monday to take up arms against the provincial government because of what they said was fraud in Saturday's provincial polls.

In one of the toughest-fought contests of the election, the tribes have challenged the Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP), a Sunni religious party which has run the province since 2005.

With the IIP claiming the results will keep it in power, Awakening leaders alleged fraud in the voting.”


E.D. Kain said...

If Anbar breaks down this whole thing could fall apart. I've been worried that the disenfranchisement of the Anbar Awakening vigilantes could spell the end of peace and a new outbreak of civil war, or terror.

Roland Dodds said...

Sadly, I think you are right E.D. While a war in Anbar may not derail the state, I do believe it will make a democratic Iraq, built on the will of all major provinces in the country, unlikely in the near future.