How to Make Friends and Influence People
The UK Times and Bill Roggio describe why al-Qaeda in Iraq may have worn out its welcome in the Sunni North. The Times, with typical British understatement, ascribes it to the "bloodthirsty tactics" of al-Qaeda. Bill Roggio is more graphic, describing chlorine gas attacks by al-Qaeda on whoever crossed them and notes that the Anbar sheiks were not amused. They are looking for permission to hunt down al-Qaeda wherever else in Iraq they may be found.
The Anbar Salvation Council has recently asked for permission from the government "to pursue militants across provincial lines," according to IraqSlogger. "Recent reports suggest that such clearance may have been granted." If the reports of al-Masri's death is true, the Albu Issa would have been operating about 10 miles into Salahadin province. This likely would not have occurred without local support. Look for signs of the hand of the yet-to-be-named Salahadin Salvation Front to have played a role in al-Masri's demise.