Will it make any difference at all?

Iraqi tribal leaders sign pact of honour

Iraqi tribal leaders have met in Babylon governorate south of Baghdad and signed a pact of honour to end the violence and the forced eviction of people from their homes.

About 70 tribal leaders held their meeting on Wednesday in a school building near al-Hilla, the capital of Babylon, and exchanged views on how to stop death squads from killing and forcing people out of their homes along sectarian lines.

The leaders agreed to form committees to work on locating those who have been displaced and bring them back home.

Muhamad al-Ghurair, an Iraqi journalist attended the meeting, said the leaders were frustrated.

"They were full of determination and hope, but at the same time they knew they do not have the ability to work independently to achieve what they agreed on. They need a lot cash and equipment," he said
I don't know about this one, but in this tribal culture it's the only way.
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Al-Maliki intends to end sectarian rifts

Iraq's prime minister has announced a plan to end the deepening divisions between Shia and Sunni parties in his government, and to unite them behind the drive to stop sectarian killings in the country.

The four-point plan, which emerged after talks between both sides, is to resolve disputes by giving every party a voice in how security forces operate against violence on a neighbourhood by neighbourhood level.

Nuri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister, said: "We have taken the decision to end sectarian hatred once and for all. We have vowed before Almighty God to stop the bloodshed."

Local committees will be formed in each Baghdad district, made up of representatives of every party, religious and tribal leaders and security officials, to consult on security efforts.


Iraqi minister escapes deadly blasts

At least 12 people have been killed in a series of bomb blasts in central Baghdad which interior ministry sources said targeted the Iraqi industry minister's convoy.

Police sources said three of the industry minister's bodyguards were killed in the blasts, but Fawzi al-Hariri was not with the convoy at the time.
"The minister is at the ministry and perfectly safe," a spokesman for al-Hariri said.

Drivers and bodyguards for one of al-Hariri's deputies had been taking the cars for fuel when the attack happened.

A bomb detonated in the Karrada district of the mainly Christian Camp Sara neighbourhood as the convoy passed, police said. Subsequent explosions outside a nearby market also caused casualties
The best we can hope for is to achieve stabilisation and withdrawal. Indeed, that's the ideal.

This is not our natural sphere of operations, and once we can get the tribal leaders talking then I think we should leave it to them. Withdraw without loss of face.
Their conference went well until Boris Johnson turned up at a workshop to say that not enough pies were on the lunchtime menu...
If the government can get the tribes to stop squabling with each others, that makes it easier to concentrate the efforts on putting the mallet on the foreign insurgents.

Perhaps (now i know this is a long shot here), the Iraqi government could seek to join the tribes in order to act together against the foreign insurgents who deliberately target innocent Iraqi civilians. It empowers them, and helps get rid of the foreign influence.

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