Folk i sunni-dominerte Doura i Bagdad har fått nok av Al Qaidas barbari, og vender seg til amerikanerne med tips. Det samme har skjedd i Anbar-provinsen.

Disgusted at the attacks and intimidation techniques used on friends, neighbours and even relatives, they are now increasingly looking for a way out, US officers say.

«It is only after al-Qaeda has become truly barbaric and done things like, to teach lessons to people, cut their face off with piano wire in front of their family and then murdered everybody except one child who told the tale afterwards . . . that people realise how much of a mess they are in,» Lieutenant James Danly, 31, who works on military intelligence in Doura, said.

It is impossible to corroborate the claims, but he said that scores of junior al-Qaeda in Iraq members there had become informants since May, including one low-level cell leader who gave vital information after his arrest.

«He gave us dates, places and names and who did what,» Lieutenant Danly said. When asked why he was being so forthcoming, the man said: «Because I am sick of it and I hate them, and I am done.»

Al-Qaeda faces rebellion from the ranks
Sickened by the group’s barbarity, Iraqi insurgents are giving information to coalition forces