Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, head honcho of the Anbar Salvation Council, was killed earlier today by insurgents. Meanwhile, Jim Henley wonders:

I read a lot about how Sunni tribal leaders and insurgents have “turned against AQI,” and how we’re paying them to - er, supporting them with financing and logistics in their fight against AQI. But actual reporting on what they’re doing to fight AQI is scarce. Aside from pocketing our money and manning some checkpoints, what are they doing?



A good question. And given the dodgy state of American intelligence in that area, how do we even know what they're doing?

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