Monday, August 13, 2007

The surge moves to the next phase

So far, the "surge" has gone through 2 phases. The first, we moved out into the country and set up Combat Outposts and began living with the Iraqi people. The second, we ran off Al Qaeda and the Mahdi Army from their safe havens. Now, the third phase has begun. With one month left before Petraeus reports back, we're going on the attack against the Iranian back militias and Al Qaeda, which both want to pull off attacks that play to our media and the anti-war crowd in order to, once again, try to get us to surrender. It looks like the 3rd phase is going to try and shut that down so that peace can be maintained and the Iraqi government can attempt to make some political headway.

Bill Roggio at The Fourth Rail has the geeky stuff on operation Phantom Strike.
  • With one month left before General David Petraeus’ report to Congress on the status of progress in Iraq, Iraqi and Coalition forces have launched the next phase of security operations designed to pursue al Qaeda in Iraq, the Iranian–backed Special Groups terror cells, and the rogue Mahdi Army elements. Operation Phantom Strike was launched today, and “consists of simultaneous operations throughout Iraq focused on pursuing remaining AQI terrorists and Iranian-supported extremist elements.”

This is obviously a key moment. Not just for those of us pulling for victory, but also for those in our government that have fully invested their futures on defeat in Iraq.

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