U.S. military has new name for Iraq's neighborhood militias

Forgive our skepticism, but after the revelations that Washington PR firms were used to plant positive news stories in the Iraqi press, this smells like another “imaging” move designed to win American public opinion. “Sons of Iraq” rolls off the tongue so much better than “concerned local citizens”. We can almost see the flashy, spinning graphic on the cable news shows now. — PID

Feb 12, 2008 (STARS AND STRIPES) — The U.S. military has changed the term is uses to describe the neighborhood militia groups that have become a linchpin of the improved security situation in Iraq. Now known as “Sons of Iraq,” the groups previously had been called “concerned local citizens” throughout the military and in press releases. Full Report