US ‘paying for Sunni help’ in Iraq

American forces are paying Sunni insurgents to fight al-Qaeda in Iraq, theSunday Times claims. The tactic has boosted the efforts of US forces to restore order in time for a report to Congress by General David Petraeus. In a letter to US troops, the General wrote: “Local Iraqi leaders are coming forward [and] opposing extremists…” One Sheikh in a town south of Baghdad was given $38,000 and promised a further $189,000 to fight.(Sunday Times)

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