1. Iraq's Sunnis urged to vote in future:
A Sunni Arab group called on Sunnis to take part in future elections on Monday and a leading Sunni hard-line cleric condemned kidnappings, as police searched for a top Egyptian diplomat seized over the weekend.
Sunnis boycotted the Jan. 30 vote, which went overwhelmingly to Shiites -- an outcome that boosted the Sunni-led insurgency by convincing many Sunnis they would be marginalized in the new Iraq.
Political efforts to encourage Sunni extremists to join in the building of a new Iraq received a boost Monday when Dr. Adnan Al-Dulami, spokesman of the General Conference for Sunnis in Iraq, called on Sunnis "to organize themselves to take part in the coming elections and to start to register their names at the offices of the electoral commission."
He said Sunni clerics would soon issue a religious decree repeating the call. Clerics were at the forefront of boycott calls before the January election.
If Iraq's Sunnis decide to join in the process of forming a new Iraq, it isolates the former Saddamites and Sunni Islamists of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi even more - and makes it likely that more and more of these people will find themselves ratted out to U.S. and Iraqi government forces by the citizenry.
2. US delight as Iraqi rebels turn their guns on al-Qa'eda:
American troops on the Syrian border are enjoying a battle they have long waited to see - a clash between foreign al-Qa'eda fighters and Iraqi insurgents.
Tribal leaders in Husaybah are attacking followers of Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born terrorist who established the town as an entry point for al-Qa'eda jihadists being smuggled into the country.
The reason, the US military believes, is frustration at the heavy-handed approach of the foreigners, who have kidnapped and assassinated local leaders and imposed a strict Islamic code.
Fighting, which could be clearly heard at night over the weekend, first broke out in May when as many as 50 mortar rounds were fired across the city. But, to the surprise of the American garrison, this time it was not the target.
If a shell landed near the US base, "they'd adjust their fire and not shoot at us", Lt Col Tim Mundy said. "They shot at each other."
As soon as they settle their differences (hopefully as violently as possible with as few casualties among innocents as possible), there will be far fewer of them for Iraqi and U.S. forces to deal with...
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