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The Intelligence Bulletin is an aggregation and commentary series, and this is the second entry in that series.
Intelligence Bulletin #2 covers the following subjects:  victories and violence in Sunni areas,  Baghdad security operations: promise and problems,  Iraq awash in munitions,  distributed operations and snipers on the roof tops,  HUMINT and information warfare in Iraq,  update on Austrian sniper rifles in Iraq,  U.S. military preparedness degraded (special ops to grow?),  hard times at Walter Reed and the VA,  U.S. funding Iranian insurgency, and  update on international legal war against the CIA.
Victories and Violence in Sunni Areas
There is indication that AQI — and those who have chosen to align with them — may be wearing out their welcome in Iraq. On Wednesday there was significant combat action near Fallujah, and the remarkable thing about this action was that it didn’t involve U.S. forces.
Iraqi security forces killed dozens of al Qaeda militants who attacked a village in western Anbar province on Wednesday, during fierce clashes that lasted much of the day, police officials said on Thursday …
Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Karim Khalaf said foreign Arabs and Afghans were among some 80 militants killed and 50 captured in the clashes in Amiriyat al Falluja, an Anbar village where local tribes had opposed al Qaeda.
A police official in the area, Ahmed al-Falluji, put the number of militants killed at 70, with three police officers killed. There was no immediate verification of the numbers.
A U.S. military spokesman in the nearby city of Falluja, Major Jeff Pool, said U.S. forces were not involved in the battle but had received reports from Iraqi police that it lasted most of Wednesday. He could not confirm the number killed.
Another police source in Falluja put the figure at dozens.
“Because it was so many killed we can’t give an exact number for the death toll,” the police source told Reuters.
Witnesses said dozens of al Qaeda members attacked the village, prompting residents to flee and seek help from Iraqi security forces, who sent in police and soldiers.
Stars and Stripes gives us a similar recent report on population involvement in defeating the insurgency in the Sunni town of Hawijah. It is so significant that large portions are reproduced below.
… even for a city with a “roughneck