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IN THE STREETS
"They Want Us to Fight Each Other"
Wiercinski Gives Account of Morning After Tal Afar Massacre
03/30/2007 10:47 AM ET
US Army Col. Frank Wiercinski at Kandahar Airport January 12, 2002 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
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US Army Col. Frank Wiercinski at Kandahar Airport January 12, 2002 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, in an interview with NPR, gave an interesting glimpse of the local Tal Afar community's response the morning after the bombings and follow-on reprisal massacre.

"When I arrived that morning there was almost a protest right outside of the government building with hundreds of people from Tal Afar, as you can imagine, because they had not seen anything like this in quite some time, and emotions were very high.

Together, the mayor, the leadership, the Shia sheikhs, the Coalition forces, the Iraqi police, the Iraqi Army went out together in front of the people and addressed the people and told them 'This is what the anti-Iraqi forces want--they want us to fight each other. We are not going to let them win.'

And since they addressed that, there has been no violence back in Tal Afar."

For further reading:

Tal Afar Massacre Suspects Re-Arrested Investigation Into Tuesday's Incident Continues

Burying the Dead of Tal Afar Tensions Remain High Following Bombings, Revenge Massacre 03/29/2007 11:43 AM ET

Iraq Papers Thur: What Happened in Tal 'Afar? Stories of Police Involvment in Massacre By AMER MOHSEN 03/28/2007 10:10 PM ET

Shia Gunmen in Tal Afar Revenge Rampage Dozens of Sunni Men Executed in Reprisals for Tuesday's Bombings 03/28/2007 10:21 AM ET

50 Dead in Talafar Blasts Coordinated Bombing, Gun Attacks 03/27/2007 7:59 PM ET

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