October 13, 2004


What do you call Iraqi insurgents when they insurge against their former terrorist allies? Outsurgents? Resurgents?

Local insurgents in the city of Fallujah are turning against the foreign fighters who have been their allies in the rebellion that has held the U.S. military at bay in parts of Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, according to Fallujah residents, insurgent leaders and Iraqi and U.S. officials.

Relations are deteriorating as local fighters negotiate to avoid a U.S.-led military offensive against Fallujah, while foreign fighters press to attack Americans and their Iraqi supporters. The disputes have spilled over into harsh words and sporadic violence, with Fallujans killing at least five foreign Arabs in recent weeks, according to witnesses.

"If the Arabs will not leave willingly, we will make them leave by force," said Jamal Adnan, a taxi driver.

Meanwhile, in Baghdad ... chickens! Chickens for all!

Posted by Tim Blair at October 13, 2004 11:35 PM

Uh oh. The misguided sheeple in Iraq clearly don't understand the stakes. Expect angry letters to the editor: "Iraq has become a nation of Bush-licking cowards!"

Oh, and, of course, PLASTIC CHICKENS!

Posted by: Bryan C at October 13, 2004 at 11:55 PM

Outsurgents? Desurgents? Or, if you went to Middle Earth, Insurge-Ents.
OK, I'm shutting up now.

Posted by: BlogDog at October 14, 2004 at 12:14 AM


For a lighter, brighter future.

Posted by: ilibcc at October 14, 2004 at 12:31 AM

What do you call Iraqi insurgents when they insurge against their former terrorist allies?

Partisans. And that way they can be turned further without changing their name.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at October 14, 2004 at 12:37 AM

expungents, expurgants, regurgitants, kinda urgents, worried?

freedom fighters of freedom fighters? now-wait-just-a-Minutemen?

Marine targets

Posted by: UN Human Blights Commission at October 14, 2004 at 01:18 AM

Don't outsource the insurgency.

Posted by: Tom Maguire at October 14, 2004 at 04:03 AM

"What do you call Iraqi insurgents when they insurge against their former terrorist allies?"

I don't know, but I'm sure the mainstream media will eventually identify those who turn against the foreign fighters as "terrorists"

Posted by: Cpl. Menno at October 14, 2004 at 04:31 AM

"Former Baathist elements".
"Desperate Iraqis beaten down by brutal occupation".

Or the most likely possibility, since we are speaking of the mainstream media:


Posted by: jaed at October 14, 2004 at 06:24 AM

is everybody in Iraq a cab driver?

Posted by: murph at October 14, 2004 at 08:20 AM

No wonder Latham hates them.

Posted by: Sortelli at October 14, 2004 at 08:37 AM

Relations are deteriorating

Don't try and sugar coat this Blair! its CIVIL WAR, we told you was coming, see TOLD YOU. Told you filthy war mongerereres.....told you,told you,na,nana,na,aa, we won you lost,na nana,na,na,na,
...oops, hang on, where's the edit button? I got a little carried away, what I really mean is this is a terrible developement, shocking, but we did actually try to warn you about this.

I truly think that the only thing we can do now is withdraw the troops and ask France for forgivness, maybe then Iraq will go back to the peace and security they enjoyed before the Coalition came along and wrecked it for them.

Posted by: antiwarnob at October 14, 2004 at 09:02 AM

Spaced Armour - if they are still between the Marines and the terrorists.

Posted by: Razor at October 14, 2004 at 11:47 AM

I'll tell you what you should call Iraqis who fight against the terrorists: PATRIOTS!

Posted by: Sheriff at October 14, 2004 at 07:02 PM