As al-Qaeda is steadily destroyed and the Sunni Insurgency cooperates with the Americans, the Shia Tribes are turning on the militias.

The Sahwat continues.

The tribes provide basic security and economic needs for their people. The religious militias and AQI are causing too much damage for the tribes to remain silent.

Sheik Majid Tahir al-Magsousi, the leader of the Migasees tribe here in Wasit province, acknowledged tribal leaders have discussed creating a brigade of young men trained by the Americans to bolster local security as well as help patrol the border with Iran.

U.S. officers believe last month’s fighting among rival Shiite militias during a religious festival in Karbala may have been the last straw. Up to 52 people died in the clashes, which marred what was supposed to be a joyous celebration.

Sadr withdrew from politics because he was afraid of a backlash after Karbala.

The tribes are the center of gravity in Iraq, so this is huge news.

I’m enthusiastic because I’ve been calling for a strategy like this for some time now and I’m shocked by how quickly it came together and how effective it has been.