‘Awakening’ in Iraq Signals Citizens’ Rise Against al-Qaeda

“Determined to rise up against al Qaeda terrorists, concerned local citizens, working together with coalition forces, have started neighborhood watch programs in” northern Iraq, reports the American Forces Press Service. “The citizens are calling the movement ‘Sahwa,’ an Arabic term that means ‘awakening.’ The neighborhood watch programs were established Nov. 14, two weeks after local citizens approached soldiers … with the idea. More than 1,000 citizens showed up, ready to be recruited to take up arms in defense against the terrorists in the region.”

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=48198

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