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Well, doc, give me the good news first:
Sunni Factions Split With Al-Qaeda GroupIt probably won't help al Qaeda that their suicide attack in the Green Zone managed to kill only one Iraqi civilian - a Sunni Member of Parliament.
Key Sunni militant groups are severing their association with al-Qaeda in Iraq, a Sunni group that claims allegiance to the organization led by Osama bin Laden. The split could help isolate a primary foe of the United States in Iraq...
In the Sunni heartland of Anbar and other provinces, Sunni groups are accusing al-Qaeda in Iraq of killing, kidnapping and torturing dozens of their fighters, clerics and followers. One leading Sunni extremist organization, the Islamic Army, says al-Qaeda has killed more than 30 fighters from different armed factions in recent weeks.
...the emerging rift represents the Sunni groups' most decisive effort since the 2003 invasion to distance themselves from al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Iraq's Parliament Defiant After Green Zone AttackPerhaps surprisingly, the Miami Herald found a rare "silver lining" in the dark cloud over the Green Zone:
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's parliament met in an extraordinary session of "defiance" yesterday, the Muslim day of prayer, and declared it would not bow to terrorism.
A bouquet of red roses and a white lily were placed on the seat of Mohammed Awad, the lawmaker killed in the parliament dining hall suicide bombing. Al Qaeda took responsibility for the blast.
The unprecedented Friday session of parliament was called to send "a clear message to all the terrorists and all those who dare try to stop this [political] process, that we will sacrifice in order for it to continue," said Mr. al-Mashhadani, a Sunni Muslim.
"We feel today that we are stronger than yesterday," he said. "The parliament, government and the people are all the same -- they are all in the same ship which, if it sinks, will make everyone sink."
Iraqis: Parliament Bombing Could Propel Peace
''Let them feel it,'' said Abbas Fadhil, 30, whose butcher shop also sits near where the car bomb killed the five bystanders a few weeks ago. ``It might end all the doubts that Sunnis have about Shiites and Shiites have about Sunnis.''
``This could be for our benefit. This might help to unify their hearts and make them come together.''
That may be noteworthy - perhaps the first time an American news story has sought something good amidst tragedy in Iraq. Normally, no matter what the news from Iraq - good or bad - the American media will find a way to tell you it's bad.
Back to our first story, now with my edits removed:
Key Sunni militant groups are severing their association with al-Qaeda in Iraq, a Sunni group that claims allegiance to the organization led by Osama bin Laden. The split could help isolate a primary foe of the United States in Iraq but could also further splinter the Sunni insurgency and make it even harder to control, according to insurgent leaders and Iraqi and U.S. officials.
It wasn't, BTW, in the Green Zone. The Parliament was transferred to Iraqi protection in 2006. So the borders of the GZ were redrawn at that time.
A bit too subtle for the MSM, tho'.