Originally posted 2009-03-30 10:34:19 -0500, bumped by carol
March 30, 2009
Leila Fadel: Leaders of Awakening Councils are arrested, tortured and killed by Iraq government
Leila Fadel, Baghdad Bureau Chief of McClatchy Newspapers speaks to Paul Jay about the recent escalation in violence in Iraq's capital. She says the former fighters termed the "Sons of Iraq" who have turned on Al Qaeda and joined the U.S. are now being persecuted by the Iraq government. She says the Maliki government is afraid of the power they've accumulated in the neighborhoods they were put to protect by the U.S. and many are now in exile or in hiding.