US-allied Sunni militias are threatening to go on strike over late pay. At least two of the 49 Awakening councils that have been enlisted in the fight against al-Qaeda in Iraq have already done so, reports the Guardian, and the dispute over their $10-a-day payments threatens the partnership that has been key to the reduction in violence in the last 6 months, say analysts.
The Sunni fighters are accusing the US military of using them to clear dangerous areas and then abandoning them. Some groups are disgruntled because their candidates have not been accepted into police or army training. "The Americans are using us to do their dirty work and kill off the resistance for them and then we get nothing for it," one bitter leader told the Guardian.