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Sheik Sattar al-Rishawi pleges allegience to the Iraqi government

The most significant local ally of Coalition and Iraqi government in Anbar province -- and surely in all of Iraq -- is Sheikh Abdul Sattar al-Rishawi.

He is a powerful Sunni from Anbar province, and, on Iraqi national television, he pledged his allegiance to Prime Minister al-Maliki and to the democratically elected Iraqi government.

In an overt and televised gesture of his determination and solidarity with the Iraqi government, Sheikh Abdul Sattar sliced the palm of his hand with a knife and proceeded to pound the blade into the table before him.

"Sattar said, "The time for dictatorship is gone, and we are welcoming the new dawn of democracy and freedom here."

http://www.aina.org/news/2007042594726.htm

(Some interesting quotes about Shiek Sattar)

Now, "If you talk to these sheiks, they'll tell you that they're in no hurry to see the Americans leave al-Anbar," "One t

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Added: May-13-2007 
By: ECH1969
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Iraq, Middle East
Tags: Iraq, Sattar, Baghdad, War, Tribes, Anbar, Bush, al-Qaeda, jihadist
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