U.S. marines watching the skyline from their second-story perch in an abandoned house here saw a curious thing: In the distance, mortar rounds and gunfire popped, but the volleys did not seem to be aimed at them.While Tim Blair notes that this "might be as close as we get to Paul McGeough’s predicted civil war", think of the possibilities here.
In the dark, one marine spoke in hushed code words on a radio, and after a minute found the answer. "Red on red," he said late Sunday night, using a military term for enemy-on-enemy fire.
Marines patrolling this desert region near the Syrian border have for months been seeing a strange trend in the complex Iraqi insurgency. Insurgents, they say, have been fighting one another in this constellation of towns along the Euphrates, from Husayba to Qaim. The observations offer a new clue in the hidden world of the insurgency and suggest that there may have been, as American commanders suggest, a split between Islamic militants and local rebels.
A United Nations official who served in Iraq last year and who consulted widely with militant groups said by telephone that there had been a split for some time.
"There is a rift," said the official, who requested anonymity. "I'm certain that the nationalist Iraqi part of the insurgency is very much fed up with the jihadists' grabbing the headlines and carrying out the sort of violence that they don't want against innocent civilians."
A movie called Jihadist Vs Terrorist. We've had Alien Vs Predator, Boa Vs Python, Freddy Vs Jason, and many, many more. Why not pit these two explosive characters against each other.
We're going to need a tagline (something cheesy always works), a lead Jihadist, a lead Terrorist (I recommend this guy) and a bunch of American soldiers. The plot is pretty much worked out for us - angry terrorists get pissed off at even angrier jihadists, and begin to use their vast array of French, German and Chinese weapons and explosives on each other.
Anything I've missed?