Today there were reports that a leader of al-Qa'ida in Iraq, Abu Ayub al-Masri (who is also known as Abu Hamza al-Mohajer), was killed. Reports state that this killing was done by Sunni Arabs, either a tribal group or perhaps a faction of the 1920 Revolution Brigades. I don't know if it is true. Of course, it is good news if a terrorist leader is killed, but I just have so much trouble being too happy to hear such news because I just do not feel optimistic about Iraq, unfortunately.
It is nice to see Sunni Arab groups dealing with the terrorists, although their real motivations are always questionable. Let's not forget where these foreign Sunni Arab terrorists found refuge in Iraq: Sunni Arab areas. This so-called Abu Ayub and Zarqawi before him could not have set up in Najaf or Kadhimiyah or Kurdistan. They set up where the locals supported them. Now, after a few years, the locals finally decided that al-Qa'ida and other foreign terrorists are bad people. But they were fine a few ago when they were just butchering the Shi'a. It is so difficult to be optimistic. What is worse, a foreigner who comes to Iraq to make it hell and mass murder Iraqis, or a native Iraqi who helps such a bastard?
The good news is that the Sunni fighters who otherwise might be attacking the Shi'a civilians of Baghdad and elsewhere are busy trying to kill these foreign terrorists or each other. That is a positive development. Best of all would be if the Sunni fighters and the masses decide to work together with the Shi'a and live in peace.