Supporters of the president's surge have made much of all the progress they're seeing in Anbar province. But in what officials are calling a huge setback for U.S. efforts in Iraq, the most prominent leader in the Sunni push-back against al-Qaida in Anbar was killed Thursday by a roadside bomb.
Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, the leader of the Anbar Salvation Council, met with George W. Bush during the president's surprise visit to Iraq earlier this month.
At right: George W. Bush meeting with Sheik Abdul-Sattar in Anbar province, Sept. 3, 2007 (Photo: Reuters/Jason Reed).
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.