Friday, March 2, 2007

Someone Call Murtha and Pelosi

They are going to have to move very quickly to stay ahead of the good news that seems to be piling up from just the first two weeks of the surge. I posted below here and here about the latest from Baghdad.

Now, Reuters is reporting on important success against al Qaeda in Anbar as the native Sunnis are try to wrest control back from the Wahabbi foreigners who dominate al Qaeda. And there are two other things of equal importance. One, the Anbar success involved Iraqi police operating without need for support from U.S. military. And two, as outlined in this report, the U.S. and Iraqi forces are on the verge of setting up in Sadr City. That is a major step.

Iraqi security forces killed dozens of al Qaeda militants who attacked a village in western Anbar province on Wednesday, during fierce clashes that lasted much of the day, police officials said on Thursday.

Sunni tribal leaders are involved in a growing power struggle with Sunni al Qaeda for control of Anbar, a vast desert province that is the heart of the Sunni Arab insurgency in Iraq.
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Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Karim Khalaf said foreign Arabs and Afghans were among some 80 militants killed and 50 captured in the clashes in Amiriyat al Falluja, an Anbar village where local tribes had opposed al Qaeda.

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U.S. and Iraqi troops are gearing up to set up joint checkpoints in Sadr City and conduct large-scale, door-to-door operations on houses and buildings, signaling a significant escalation in the plan, officers in eastern Baghdad said.

Details of the plan emerged during a meeting of senior U.S. and Iraqi military commanders on Thursday in Sadr City, which was also attended by the city's mayor.

Sipping mint tea in a crammed police station as four helicopter gunships hovered overhead, they agreed to set up a joint security station in Sadr City in a few days.

"We have conducted special operations in Sadr City for some months but this will be the first time we will launch full-scale operations there and the first time we will have a permanent presence there," said Colonel Billy Don Farris, coalition forces commander for the Sadr City and Adhamiya neighborhoods

Read the whole article. Things are looking good.

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