A key US ally in the fight against Al-Qaeda was killed in a bomb attack today in Ramadi. Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, the most influential of the Sunni leaders helping American and Iraqi forces fight the terror network, met with President Bush 2 weeks ago during his visit to Anbar province, once one of the country’s most dangerous regions.
Abu Risha’s alliance of tribal sheiks combated Al-Qaeda in what US leaders tout as one of the Iraq war's biggest success stories in curbing violence. “We do not believe in sectarianism,” Abu Risha told Bush. “We want to be united and build Iraq together.” But the alliance was starting to splinter over infighting and dissatisfaction with his leadership, Reuters reports.