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Jalal al-Gaood, one of the tribal leaders the U.S. has been cultivating in hopes of rolling back extremists in Iraq, grimly describes how his hometown in Anbar province was forced to surrender this week to fighters from ISIS.The attacking force had roughly 200 fighters and about 30 armed trucks.Gaood, a 53-year-old businessman in Amman, talked through the night with tribal elders back home. He says he tried repeatedly to reach Gen. John Allen, who is the U.S. special envoy for Iraq and Syria, to plead for emergency help. What makes this story chilling is that Gaood was one of the Sunni leaders the U.S. was hoping could organize resistance in Anbar.The U.S. presentation was "vague," Gaood says.If there's a ray of hope in the chilling accounts provided by Gaood and Jibouri, it's that even a man who says he's siding with ISIS still says he wants U.S. help, so long as it comes with protections for Iraq's Sunni community.
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