Anbar's Sunnis have fought each other before. In 2006, tribes banded together and helped U.S. troops dislodge Sunni al Qaeda militants who had gained control of most of the province.
The "Sahwa" (awakening) councils or the Sons of Iraq as they came to be known were later co-opted by the government and have come under increasing attack from Sunni militants who despise them as allies of the Shi'ite prime minister.
The al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq has been invigorated by the conflict in Syria, where mainly Sunni rebels, including Islamists linked to al Qaeda, are fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad, who is backed by Shi'ite Iran.
Online videos show militants in target practice, emptying assault rifles in the vast desert of Anbar, which shares a porous border with Syria. Suicide bombings targeting Shi'ites, and attacks on security forces are spiking again.
The show of Sunni strength has spurred Shi'ites and Kurds to renew a bond, "We do not want that alliance to be spoiled by anything, the conflicts and problems with a Sunni region would be more dangerous and complicated than the current issues and disagreement with the central government"
Said Kurdistan's foreign relations chief, Falah Mustafa Bakir.
Three British soldiers have been killed by a roadside bomb that detonated near them in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, British officials announced on Wednesday, the deadliest attack on British soldiers there in a year.
In a television interview on Wednesday, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain took note of the deaths, saying, “We have paid a very high price for the work we’re doing in Afghanistan.”
“First an explosion hit his convoy and then the Taliban gunmen opened fire, killing Malim Shahwali and two bodyguards,”