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Remember Juba the Baghdad Sniper? We talked about him in that lengthy thread we had about CNN airing sniper footage showing U.S. troops getting shot. He had his own website with videos.

"Juba" the Baghdad Sniper Captured!

The Iraqi Ministry of the Interior announced that it has captured the Baghdad sniper known as Ali Nazar al Jubori. The name sounds eerily familiar. al Jubori....could this be the original Juba sniper? That is the claim being made.

Let me remind my readers that the "Juba the Baghdad sniper" does not exist--at least, not in the heroic sense that the jihadi crowd has painted him as. He's a myth. A piece of fictional propaganda produced by terrorists. A heroic superman for the al Qaeda supporters of the world.

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For those who may not recall:

CNN
Video shows snipers' chilling work in Iraq
POSTED: 1644 GMT (0044 HKT), October 19, 2006


(CNN) -- Chilling scenes from a videotape made by insurgents show the work of snipers in Iraq, targeting and killing American troops, taking them down with a single bullet from a high-powered rifle.

The graphic video of 10 sniper attacks was obtained by CNN -- through intermediaries -- from the Islamic Army of Iraq, one of the most active insurgent organizations in Iraq.

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http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/10/19/iraq.sniper.video/

CNN took a lot of heat for airing the videos. But, they followed that up a few weeks later with a report on the U.S. media being used to funnel enemy propaganda to the American public. Amazing.
 

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Association of Muslim Scholars - Splits?


Along with other under-reported news from Iraq...

Now that the leader of the Muslim Scholars Association has fled the country, other members of the group are signaling they might be ready for compromise. The LA Times offers a rare "good news" story from Iraq:
BAGHDAD — With sectarian violence reaching new extremes, some Sunni Muslim clerics are breaking with the most militant factions in their sect and reaching out to Shiite clergy in an effort to pull Iraq back from the abyss.

Some members of the Muslim Scholars Assn., which has acted as a broker between Western officials and members of the country's Sunni-driven insurgency, worry that their group has done little more than clasp hands before television cameras with their Shiite counterparts and issue joint appeals for calm.

"The Muslim Scholars Assn. so far has not participated in any real, effective negotiations," said Sheik Mahmoud Sumaidaie, a senior member who preaches at the organization's Baghdad headquarters, the Umm Qura Mosque.

Sumaidaie said more than 70 clerics across Iraq want to form a new religious council that can unite all Sunni factions and open a channel of communication with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the country's most revered Shiite cleric. Without it, he said, "we will never be able to stop the bloodshed in Iraq."
There's not much deep background in the (still most welcome) Times piece, so if you haven't been following the storyline, this might be a good starting point. Back-links should tell you all you need to know. If you have been following, you'll know that fractures in the Association of Muslim Scholars, following on the heels of the Anbar Tribes commitment to battle al Qaeda, are a hopeful signal. (And that an American media outlet even hinting that the group is tied to terrorists in Iraq is, too - see second quoted paragraph above - but that's another story altogether.)


Now back to this one:
In defiance of national leaders, Sunni clerics representing the association in Basra, Nasiriya, Amarah and Samawah issued religious edicts Wednesday banning the killing of all Iraqis, supporting reconstruction of a revered Shiite shrine and disavowing "any terrorist organization targeting the innocent blood of our people."
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After consulting local political and tribal leaders, the southern branch went ahead and issued its fatwa, or edict, including a specific ban on killing Shiites, language others have so far avoided.

"We did this to please God and our conscience," Abdalrazaq said. "We hope that we will be able to apply this fatwa to the reality on the ground, as it gives us a chance to live side by side with our brother, the Shiites, in the south."
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Sumaidaie, the Baghdad cleric, said support for a more moderate approach extended across Iraq, though he refused to supply names, citing concern for members' safety.

He said that the Muslim Scholars Assn. had become too closely identified with the insurgency and that he had been working for three months to help form a new, strictly religious body that he hoped could unify all Sunnis in Iraq.
For balance, the Times includes an interview with Harith Dhari, leader (or perhaps "former leader"?) of the Muslim Scholars Association who recently fled Iraq for Jordan:
Sadr demanded that Harith Dhari, the leader of the Muslim Scholars Assn. who is wanted on charges of inciting terrorism, issue edicts forbidding the killing of Shiites, banning participation in the group Al Qaeda in Iraq and supporting reconstruction of the Samarra shrine.


Dhari said he had already repeatedly denounced the killing of any Muslim and did not see the need to do so again. "Why is Sadr saying it now? Is he trying to provoke a problem?" Dhari asked The Times in a rare interview with a Western newspaper this week in neighboring Jordan.

He sidestepped the question of whether he is prepared to denounce Al Qaeda in Iraq, which is blamed for some of the deadliest attacks against the Shiite-led government and civilians.
Haider Ajina brought us a translated version of this story from the Iraqi media, too.

That's the good news. But dig deep enough into the Times' bad news story on Iraq and you'll find the hidden gold there also. Although the two developments aren't connected by the Times, this is probably the main reason the "Scholars" association is talking peace - the latest on the "Sunni-vs-Sunni civil war" in al Anbar:
In Al Anbar, Iraq's Sunni heartland, members of the Al Anbar Salvation Council, a Sunni tribal militia, battled suspected Al Qaeda fighters north of Fallouja and in Ramadi. An Iraqi police official in the Fallouja suburb of Garma said militiamen killed 15 Al Qaeda members. Five council fighters were killed.


"The capability of the security forces has increased with the assistance of the tribes," said Brig. Gen. Hamid Shouka, Ramadi's police chief. "We have started to take over important responsibilities and missions that are having a great impact on Al Qaeda. In the coming days, we will hit them in Fallouja, Hit and Haditha until we eradicate them all."
http://www.mudvillegazette.com/archives/007234.html
 
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The Jawa Report article has been out for 13 hours now.

The Iraqi minister made the announcement about Juba yesterday.

I just did a Google News search for Juba Sniper...nothing but the Jawa Report account.

The blind eye of our modern media outlets is truely an amazing thing, especially when the news isn't "on message" with their current take on events.
 
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Congrats, OnePeat, eliminating the 11 folks who headed up the beheading faction in the north of the country. That didn't make the news either. :)
 

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