Friday, November 30, 2007
Pelosi, readers will recall, aligns herself closely with Murtha. She had backed Murtha in a power play earlier, to her detriment when he lost. She has tied herself almost completely to his anti-war rhetoric, using his military experience as a shield for Democratic defeatism. His defection on the issue will leave her twisting in the wind.
- They invested in the failure of the surge, having successfully tapped into widespread public unhappiness over the absence of prior clear-cut victory. Some change in their position is now on the horizon and it won’t be the first time Democrats have had to adjust en masse.
Just returned from the Iraq-Syria border back to Mosul after an interesting day. The progress in Iraq could not be clearer. I've never seen so much hope among the Iraqis or our soldiers. U.S. officers and senior NCOs caution me to be careful about sounding too optimistic, but the fact is I have never seen so much optimism in Iraq or about Iraq.
I know they are right about their concerns for setting expectations too high; they know many hard times are ahead. But the fact is I have not personally experienced combat in months, Contrast that to times when we might get into fights several times per day and the optimism seems more grounded.
Had dinner today with a powerful Iraqi Sheik and U.S. soldiers. The food was great, but unfortunately some goat brain was lopped onto my plate. Somehow I ate it without incident.
Please click here for an intense story of urban combat. The British make me proud to have gone out with them this year for nearly two months.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Najaf, Nov 27, (VOI)- Top Shiite Cleric Ali al-Sistani urged Shiites to protect their Sunni brothers and defend them, head of south Iraq’s scholars body said on Tuesday.
Yeah, I do like bringing you these reports...
Monday, November 26, 2007
Well, for one, in 2007 alone Al Qaeda worldwide was severely defeated on several major fronts. The biggest loss has to be Iraq. They proclaimed it to be the new caliphate. A new video from The Bashman over at Pat Dollard starts you off (it's The Bashman warning) - Bashman Video: Al Qaeda In Iraq?
Also from Pat Dollard is Al Qaeda Now Begging For Money Publicly
- A significant evidence for the U.S. successes in this field has recently appeared from an unexpected direction - Al-Qaeda itself.
- The congressional Democrats' surge-against-the-surge -- a case study in political futility.
by Noemie Emery
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Happy Thanksgiving from Iraq!
I had the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with General Petraeus. Very interesting series of helicopter flights to several bases. Bottom line is that progress is clear and real, but there are tough days ahead and al Qaeda, for instance, is far from dead. The mood is of cautious optimism, with a concern that some of the very positive media lately might set expectations too high. (That’s right: many military leaders are concerned that the media lately might be too positive.)
Imagine, if you will, that you could go back in time and explain to that one native American what we'd become. Can you imagine the perplexed look on his face as you explain to him what a Democrat would be? "They'll believe in celebrating 'diversity' and will constantly point out to you that your skin color is not the same as someone else's, therefore they will need to treat everyone differently in order to treat everyone equally."
Friday, November 23, 2007
- In a hundred years, stories of how Iraqi's turned on al-Qaeda and joined forces with Americans will continue to be told to children across Iraq, with each telling, as is want with legends, the story will be exaggerated and the heroics will become more daring and dangerous, but that does not take away from the true heroics and dangers of how the legend was born to begin with.
It does not have the drama of the Inchon landing or the sweep of the Union comeback in the summer of 1864. But the turnabout of American fortunes in Iraq over the last several months is of equal moment — a war seemingly lost, now winnable. The violence in Iraq has been dramatically reduced. Political allegiances have been radically reversed. The revival of ordinary life in many cities is palpable. Something important is happening.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
First there's Victor Davis Hanson over at National Review online - Iraq’s Savage Ironies
- In the build-up to the invasion, anti-Americanism in Europe reached a near frenzy. It was whipped up by French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, and evoked warnings of an eternal split in the Atlantic Alliance. If Iraq had proved a catalyst for this expression of near hatred — fueled by long-standing angers and envies — it soon, however, proved to be a catharsis as well.
From Paul Greenburg over at Townhall.com - How Goes the War?
The news on the military front in Iraq continues to improve thanks to a new commander's new strategy, aka The Surge, and to the continued courage and competence of the troops entrusted with executing it. At last they seem to have a commander worthy of them. Every wartime president struggles to find his Grant. George W. Bush's may be named Petraeus.
- November 21, 2007 -- THE situation in Iraq has im proved so rapidly that Democrats now shun the topic as thoroughly as they shun our troops when the cameras aren't around.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
More on it from Wake up America - National Day of Donations for Fred Thompson 21NOV07
Basically, we are making donations from 12:01 A.M. and going for 24 hours so that the donations track for all day on the 21st. If you intend to donate to his campaign, this would be a great day to do it. to quote one Friend of Fred, Grant Lynn -
- "Above all we must remember WHY we are doing this. This effort is to give Senator Thompson the Thanksgiving Present he deserves. It’s not the money, it’s him seeing we appreciate the sacrifices he and his family are giving to do this. THAT’S the best Thanksgiving Present we can give him."
Fred Barnes at The Weekly Standard has good article up about it called Herd Journalism, Iraq Edition
- I think it was that great Democratic wit Gene McCarthy who described journalists and reporters as blackbirds on a telephone wire. When one flies to the telephone wire across the street, they all do.
Dennis Prager over at Townhall.com apparently can though. He has a great article up that attempts to explain the different, varying positions. America, Here Are Your Democratic Presidential Candidates
If you want to know what the Democratic presidential candidates and the Democratic Party believe, the debates, often derided as intellectually inconsequential, reveal a great deal. The problem is that news media almost never report the most important statements the candidates make. Here then are some of those statements from the most recent debate, followed by a comment on their significance.
Monday, November 19, 2007
- Spc. Christopher Hoyt, an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis, WA re-enlisted in the Army just hours after being seriously wounded in an improvised explosive attack near Zaganiyah, Iraq, Nov. 13:
- When my father returned from service as an Army doctor in Korea in 1953, he brought back slides of the photos he'd shot, showing a war-torn country of incredible poverty. We would have laughed if you had told us that Americans would one day buy Korean cars.
- The Los Angeles Times reports more good news coming from Iraq, and this time they focus on Baghdad. The ground-up reconciliation started by Sunni sheikhs in Anbar has spread to the capital, and now it includes Shi'ites as well.
- Almost nine years ago, the United Nations sent a military force to take over the administration of Kosovo from Serbia, of which it had been a part, on and off, for centuries and continuously for decades, Having kicked out the Serbian government from its province, the UN and the international community gave Kosovo a de facto recognition as its own political entity -- and for almost nine years, they have pretended they did no such thing.
- “The most important and serious issue today for the whole world is this third world war, which the Crusader-Zionist coalition began against the Islamic nation,” Osama bin Laden said in an audiotape posted on Islamic Web sites in December 2004. “It is raging in the land of the Two Rivers. The world’s millstone and pillar is Baghdad, the capital of the caliphate.”
Rich Lowry: “The United States may be the only country in world history that reverse-propagandizes itself, magnifying its setbacks and ignoring its successes so that nothing can disturb what Sen. Joe Lieberman calls the ‘narrative of defeat’”…
Saturday, November 17, 2007
- Yesterday a joint US-Iraqi force with help from local anti-al-Qaeda awakening fighters in the Adhamiyah district in northeastern Baghdad found and disarmed more than 20 vehicles rigged as VBIEDs in a parking lot.
An update on the politics of Iraq via MNF-I - Gates, Mullen Discuss Progress, Future Objectives for Iraqi, Coalition Forces. The important bit is:
“There have been some positive developments in the political arena, (but) they have not been on the benchmark legislation,” Gates continued. “They have passed a slew of other legislation.”
- BAGHDAD — Only seven months ago the Sugasimche (Fish Market) area in the Raabi neighborhood of the Adhamiyah district was filled with a violent, criminal element that struck fear into residents who didn’t feel safe to walk the streets.
And lastly, over at Small Wars Journal blogs there is a plan that addresses the Iran problem inside Iraq. It's a good read if you have the time. Confronting Iran Securing Iraq’s Border: An Irregular Warfare Concept
Baghdad Harry is playing politics with the funds for our troops again. From A Second Hand Conjecture - Sen. Reid Vows Defeat In Iraq
As the situation on the ground in Iraq continues to brighten, and a light begins to appear at the end of the war tunnel, is it the brightest thing in the world to starve the military at this juncture? Anti-war Democrats constantly harp on how Pres. Bush has “broken” the military. Do they feel any responsibility when they pull purely political stunts like this? I’m guessing not.
- Wednesday's closure of the headquarters of the Association of Muslim Scholars at the Umm al Quraa mosque marks a dramatic shift in the Sunni religious establishment. A prominent Sunni cleric said the Association of Muslim Scholars "always justified killing and assassinations carried out by al Qaeda."
MNF-I has a story up about St. John's, but they should have checked their facts against Michael Yon's accounting of it. Sounds like they have it mostly right though. They did miss the fact that Yon noted about it being Christians along with Muslims that restored the cross to the top of St. Johns. They have it as just Christians. Since Michael Yon was there taking pictures and talking to those involved, I'll take his word for it. Iraqi Christians Return to Worship in St. John’s Church
Friday, November 16, 2007
After that go over to Captains Quarters where Ed Morrissey has more on it - Iraqis To Christians: Come Home
I'll do a news bucket later for the other, less important stuff.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Unnecessary pain inflicted. Anyway, since I had to endure it, I'll give some final thoughts.
I truly think George W. Bush is in trouble. He just might not get re-elected...
No answers given except for the Clinton campaign pushed question of where they all stand on giving illegal aliens getting drivers licenses. The Clinton News Network suckered Obama in on that one and got him to say he believes in it. Obama loses.
Biden probably wins the debate. He seems to me to be the only one that has any clue on anything. Seems to come from the heart and no one else did. I need to go see if there's more beer...
It's somewhat less painful with beer, so now that I've got on top of the pain, I'll share some observations:
How did that kid from the "Back to the Future" get in there? Nice haircut though...
Dang, Blitzer and CO are heeding their orders from the Clinton machine and laying off. Where's the fun in that? Well, at least he's attacked Obama.
Bad news... Blitzer says they will all get plenty of time to talk and I'm not sure I have that much beer on hand...
"Our strength of America is in our values".... Now that's funny coming from this group.
Ah, enlightenment moment. The problem is we haven't ridded the world of nuclear arms. They let me down by not pointing out that you can't "hug" with them.
Alright, this is how it's going to go so I won't bore you with more.... at least for now...
Let's start with the school systems that are up in arms about hugs. Yeah, that's not PC. Of course this is the same school system that has schools that believe they should give out birth control and condoms to eleven year olds. So, sex is just fine, but dang it, those kids better not show any affection to one another...
Moving on we have the city of Fort Collins, Colorado who feel the need to push for "Christmas" lights in old town that are only white, and "unadorned" green wreathes to celebrate Christmas. Wouldn't want to offend any other religions, no matter if they have a holiday then or not. The goal is, believe it or not, to make it more inclusive. They're apparently not noticing the fact that it has exactly the opposite effect.
It looks like the city of Boulder, Colorado has "lib envy" and they've now, in an effort evidently aimed at retaking the crown of "most idiotic liberal agenda driven city", decided to drop the valedictorian from their system as the dumb kids will be offended.
I have to believe that the lunacy will end someday, but I have serious doubts.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
From Tom Blankley at The Washington Times - Victory in Iraq
It has become obligatory for both pro- and antiwar commentators to never mention the possibility of victory in Iraq. The most that antiwar people will admit is that the surge has gained a temporary military advantage in a war that cannot be won militarily. The most pro-war commentators will claim is that they see the possibility of "success" perhaps, maybe, someday, somehow.
- Forget the briefings from generals, the intelligence evaluations and the Pentagon status reports. There is a handy indicator for whether the war in Iraq is going well — its relative absence from the front pages.
- Anti-war Bush-bashing news agency cries uncle. Sort of:
From Newsbusters we have an obscure fringe scientific group of apparent global warming deniers. You might of heard of them. They call themselves NASA -NASA Debunks Part of Global Warming Myth, Will Media Report It?
Is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration filled with climate change deniers?
From Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters - It's Wednesday, So We Must Have A New Position
First she sounded sympathetic to the idea during a televised debate, and within moments had refused to endorse it. Afterwards, she changed her mind and endorsed it. Now today, after Governor Eliot Spitzer shelved a plan to issue New York drivers licenses to illegal aliens, Hillary Clinton shifted her position yet again to oppose the idea entirely:
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
- Visitors to the Iraq story often make me laugh. Journalists bring their own interpretations to the story before they observe anything. When Iraqis tell them something, they ignore us. The outsiders then zero in on something and proudly call it a unique observation.
- Iraqi Security Forces maintain pressure on al Qaeda’s network in the northern provinces, where violence has increased. Over 200 insurgents have been detained in latest sweep.
- Operations against al Qaeda's network in Iraq have netted 45 senior leaders including two of al Masri's bodyguards and the emir of Diyala province. Al Qaeda is attempting to regroup in the north.
- BAQUBA — After three months of close mentorship with an advisory team from the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division, the Diyala Operations Command has been validated to take the lead on security operations within Diyala province, just north of Baghdad.
- CAMP STRIKER — More than a dozen sheiks and other influential leaders from southern Baghdad congregated on neutral territory Nov. 10 here on Camp Striker.
From Mohammed over at Iraq the Model is this - Baath Holds The White Flag
- The formation of a so called political council for Iraqi resistance was met by different reactions from the public and the politicians who are now divided into proponents and opponents. Whereas the Accord Front called for mediation between the council and the government some parties in the UIA see that the council cannot be negotiated with and declared it a continuation of the former regime.
Anyway, a great read on the Iraq war debate from The New Media Journal via Victory Caucus - What If Iraq Was Never Invaded?
The Iraq War is the debate of the new millennium. Five years after the fact, people should be able to look at the decision to invade more as a matter of history than through political partisanship. That’s certainly not always the case, but as more time passes the clarity and focus of hindsight increases. First and foremost, one thing is clear: the debate over the decision to invade is over. Saddam’s regime was invaded, removed, and the decision was made. Now, the debate is not what to DO in terms of Saddam’s regime, but what could have been DONE (the so-called “coulda-should-woulda” discussion).
Monday, November 12, 2007
From Pat Dollard - Video: U.S. Flags Crash Down On Hillary On Vets Day
First from the Rutland, VT. Herald here's an update on the Sheiks from the Anbar Awakening that are wrapping up their two week visit to the United States - Iraqi leaders thank Vt. soldiers for support
- NORTHFIELD — An eight-member delegation of high-ranking Iraqi officials began to chuckle as they toured the Norwich University museum Thursday.
- At the risk of scaring some people, the British Observer newspaper reports that students are returning to class in Baghdad:
Weapons cache's found here, here, here, here, here, and here. Same time frame. Progress is really starting to roll along.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Or: "How the War was Won (Part one)"
Kimberly Kagan over at The Weekly Standard has all the details on how the war was won in How They Did It . It's a long read but she pretty much covers every aspect of the strategy Petreaus has used this year to provide the security needed for the Iraq political climate to sort out.
- The surge of operations that American and Iraqi forces began on June 15 has dramatically improved security in Baghdad and throughout Iraq. U.S. commanders and soldiers have reversed the negative trends of 2006, some of which date back to 2005.
From MNF-I - 30 Sunni And Shiite Tribes Form Major New Alliance Against Al Qaeda
- CAMP STRIKER — A short-notice reconciliation meeting of regional sheiks with potential for impact throughout Iraq was held Nov. 8 in Al Bassam, an area approximately 16 kilometers west of Baghdad city center.
HAWR RAJAB, Iraq – Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, 3rd Infantry Division commanding general, walked the streets of Hawr Rajab Nov. 7 to see the progress achieved in the city’s security. Four months ago, any U.S. Soldier or Iraqi Army Solider walking the streets would have likely sparked a battle, as the city was under the control of al-Qaeda and the streets were lined with improvised explosive devices.
Friday, November 9, 2007
If you agree then here's what I propose we do. Email your local paper's news department (my area it's firstname.lastname@example.org) and give them the link to the story -
Also, I'd recommend we give a little background. Yon is ex special forces and has been covering Iraq off and on since 2004 as an independent embedded reporter. They can get more on the man at his website, too.
There's an email link for them to contact who can set them up to use the story at the link.
Make sure to include the License Terms which you can cut from here.
Michael Yon owns all rights, including copyright, in the photograph titled Thanks and Praise. He is authorizing one time nonexclusive use of it, for news purposes only, in print publications and in cable and television news broadcasts for a one week period between November 8, 2007 and November 15, 2007. He requires no compensation for this one time permission to reproduce, display and broadcast this photograph. He does require that his copyright notice remain on the photograph and that any use contain a prominent reference to his website [http://www.michaelyon-online.com/] Use of the photograph and caption in languages other than English must include the English language caption that accompanies the photograph on Michael Yon's website (http://www.michaelyon-online.com/wp/thanks-and-praise.htm). Email notification of the use, to include a link to any online use, should be sent to either of the email addresses below. Print uses must make a tear sheet available to Michael Yon upon request. To request high resolution copies of the photograph, or to provide notification of use, please email us here: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Might not hurt to include the link to his Resistance is Futile post as that has information on how they can print more of his dispatches.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The Politics of National Security-- Joe Lieberman
- Joseph Lieberman pulls no punches in his speech at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
It will be glossed over, I'm sure, but Bush is continuing his diplomatic pressure on Iran. This is what the left ignored prior to the Iraq war, and I'm sure they'll ignore it now. All the while complaining that he needs to "up" the diplomatic pressure. Just for record though, he's putting the heat on. From Pat Dollard - Washington Tells EU Firms: Quit Iran Now
- Multinational companies are coming under increasing pressure from the US to stop doing business with Iran because of its nuclear programme.
- And she also wants Congress to take control of combat operations by limiting the troops to a set of missions she approves of.
Deebow over at BlackFive has - Congressman David Obey is an idiot...
- But wait a minute, isn't this the party that said all of our soldiers were just targets in a big civil war?
Al Qaeda getting their asses kicked here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Special groups getting their asses kicked here and here.
Al Qaeda trying to join Iraqi police and gets busted by the local Iraqi's here.
There's tons more, but I'm not sure how much time you guys have to surf, so I'll leave you with something Al Qaeda's allies in our Government aren't clued into and that's Why the violence has declined in Iraq by Bill Ardolino over at The Long War Journal.
First there was Congressman Obey earlier in the week stating that violence was down because we've killed everybody. From Redstate - Congressman Obey RE surge: violence down because ‘We’ve run out of people to kill’
Now, it's Baghdad Harry's turn. He says it's due to the enemy's successes. Also from Redstate - Harry Reid Finds Success in Iraq
- On the floor of the Senate Tuesday, during leadership time, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Searchlight) made a statement on the occasion of the year 2007 becoming the deadliest year for US troops since the Iraq War began. One might find this an odd cause for recognition on the floor of the Senate, but not Sen. Reid. For him, the sacrifices of our brave troops provided an opportunity to both score political points against the war and, perhaps more importantly, denigrate the successes they are achieving every day as part of the troop surge.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I'll just tease you with a quote from spree that is dead on:
This man loves America more than some American born do and THAT is the pity of America and the greatness of Sarkozy.
It's a long but worthwhile read.
Wonder if any of them had to willingly suspend their disbelief.
- While the following good news stories may come as a great disappointment to many people, we Iraqis welcome the developments:
- Thanks and Praise: I photographed men and women, both Christians and Muslims, placing a cross atop the St. John’s Church in Baghdad. They had taken the cross from storage and a man washed it before carrying it up to the dome.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A reduction in violence in Baghdad over the past few months represents a sustainable trend that will allow fewer U.S. troops to protect the Iraqi capital, a top American general said on Wednesday.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I'll see if I can segue through this correctly. Let's start with the Democrat position on the Iraq war. Those who still have political aspirations are faced with a dilemma. They are still on the "pull out of Iraq now" bandwagon, pandering to the far left base, but the situation in Iraq has dynamically changed and that's the wrong place to be. They can linger there for awhile longer, but adjustments have to be made or they lose big time in the general election next year.
Add to that the fact that they've also married up to the amnesty for illegal aliens including that brilliant idea of giving illegal aliens a drivers license, and the fact that 77% of Americans are against it, and you see just how untenable their positions are. This is covered very well in a post by Douglas MacKinnon over at townhall.com - Illegal Aliens Have Already Elected The Next President Of The United States
You can see it. You can hear it. You can feel its immense power even though it is still a year away.
The “it,” is the perfect storm brewing against the eventual Democratic nominee for president. A storm being fueled by the dual forces of illegal immigration and the war in Iraq.
The Senate Judiciary Panel reported Michael Mukasey's nomination to the full Senate today, recommending confirmation by an 11-8 vote. Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein voted to support Mukasey, as announced earlier, all but guaranteeing his confirmation on the floor of the Senate later this month. The opposition of the other Democrats transformed what had been a victory for them into another triumph for the White House:
It's interesting that on such a weighty question as impeaching the vice president of the United States, votes can change so quickly. While the roll calls are not yet available, it seems there were plenty of Democrats who voted to go forward with impeachment when they thought it would fail, who suddenly voted against impeachment when it mattered. I guess it was all just about politics after all -- even for the supposed 'true believers.'
"We've taken out a significant part of their leadership. We've gone after their foreign fighter facilitation network. We've gone after their financial networks. And ... we also have gone after, very heavily, their propaganda network," said Navy Rear Adm. Gregory J. Smith, spokesman for Multi-National Force - Iraq, via telephone to a group of military analysts.
Monday, November 5, 2007
- Six weeks ago in the Iraqi city of Samarra, four paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division became the object of a pre-planned, coordinated effort by dozens of al Qaeda to kidnap and slaughter American soldiers only days before General Petraeus's internationally televised testimony to the U.S. Congress on the state of the war in Iraq. Only two survived -- but, fighting like heroes, they succeeded in preserving the honor of their nation.
This is their story.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Turkish Kurd guerrillas are leaving Iraqi Kurdistan for Iran in order to avoid an attack by the Turkish army according to a former leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK.
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed one terrorist, wounded one and detained eight suspects during operations Saturday and Sunday targeting al-Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained 23 suspects during four coordinated operations Sunday targeting al-Qaeda networks in central Iraq.
- FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Sheik Vin Jan, a key figure in the Vin Jan village, recently took the first steps toward building a Concerned Local Citizens (CLC) group in his village.
- IN THE FACE OF MEDIA indifference, the facts on the ground in Iraq have changed--dramatically and for the better. The deaths of Iraqi civilians over the past two months have declined precipitously.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
A month and a half ago, Sheik Sattar was murdered by Al Qaeda. In that month and a half a ton of things have changed.
From the looks of things, that just might be it. Sheik Sattar accomplished amazing things when he was alive, and maybe the impossible in his death.
From Pat Dollard - Thousands Of Iraqis Moving Back To Baghdad
BAGHDAD- In a dramatic turnaround, more than 3,000 Iraqi families driven out of their Baghdad neighborhoods have returned to their homes in the past three months as sectarian violence has dropped, the government said Saturday.
Smoking hookah pipes and drinking beer, Sarmad Ali joked and gossiped long into the night with a group of friends in Baghdad – a luxury they could not enjoy a few months ago because of the violence.
- BAGHDAD — Bullet holes attest to the battleground that was this two-block portion of Doura. Just a few months ago, the residents were afraid to step outside, leaving their neighborhood riddled with garbage, without power and most of their shops closed.
- BAGHDAD — Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, recently hosted a social gathering, including a cookout and soccer tournament, for Iraqi Army (IA) troops and a volunteer group from Ameriya, a neighborhood in the Mansour district of western Baghdad.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
I've seen no response from either Edward's or Clinton's camps on this, so that should tell you they know it too.
- “Al Qaeda in Iraq is defeated,” according to Sheik Omar Jabouri, spokesman for the Iraqi Islamic Party and a member of the widespread and influential Jabouri Tribe. Speaking through an interpreter at a 31 October meeting at the Iraqi Islamic Party headquarters in downtown Baghdad, Sheik Omar said that al Qaeda had been “defeated mentally, and therefore is defeated physically,” referring to how clear it has become that the terrorist group’s tactics have backfired.