But, but he fought against al-Qaeda! Doesn’t that mean he is a “moderate”? Sunni-Shi’ite Jihad Update: “Official: Iraq militia chief behind pilgrim blasts,” from AP, January 22 (thanks to Maxwell):
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police arrested the local leader of a government-backed Sunni Muslim militia for planning the deadly bombings on Shiite pilgrims this week, Iraqi officials said Saturday.
If the Awakening Council leader is found guilty of the charges, it would affirm widespread government doubts about integrating the Sunni fighters into the nation’s security forces — despite their alliance with the U.S. against al-Qaida. It could also signal that the militia’s frustration about being sidelined by Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government may have finally reached a boiling point….
Thursday’s triple suicide bombings on the pilgrims outraged Shiite clerics who accused security forces of continually failing to outwit the insurgents and protect the Iraqi people. It also prompted a Sadrist lawmaker to renew offers to reassemble al-Sadr’s feared militia that is alleged to have engaged in rampant revenge killings of Sunnis for years….