Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Iraq's Sunnis will take on top terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi once they accept the Shiite-run government in that country, a senior U.S. official said.
The unidentified official told the Washington Times the Sunnis also would rid the country of foreign saboteurs after their wishes are met.
The official's comments were based on numerous meetings with what he called "influential fence sitters," the newspaper said.
The official said the fence sitters had told him they are only tolerating foreign terrorists because they are a "pressure tool" to force the Shiites and the United States to consider Sunni political demands for more representation in the Baghdad government.
"The Iraqis will kill every foreigner who comes into their neighborhood when they're ready," said the official. "They don't want foreigners in Iraq."
About Zarqawi, one Sunni was quoted as telling the official: "We'll catch him when we're ready."
The U.S. official said: "The Sunnis are broken up into many fragmented groups. Many don't want us to leave. Iraqi intelligence is telling us this every day."