Sorry for the misdirect, there was a DB crash and the blogÂ is now crossed in link numbers due to recovery. So if you are looking for my Fourth of July post, it’s really here, or at the titled link above.Â
Update: Heres a link toÂ the article that contains the casualty and kill figures quoted above, courtesy Captain’sÂ Quarters. Sorry for the sloppy blogging earlier, IÂ posted whileÂ on a contentious conference call at work.Â A well appreciated visitor pointed out that I should link to the actual articles asÂ well, thanks for the tip.Â TheÂ numbers quoted are really 759 captured, 104 confirmed kills.
Update II Breaking news, It’s being reported that US forces have captured a high value Al Qaida Operative, Sheikh Akeel — the only article I can find on this is from this morning’s India Daily. If it does turn out that Akeel was allied with Al Qaida it would explain the interuption of the scheduled conference by Al Maliki today.
Update III Forty killed in US raids against Taliban forces in Operation Mountain thrust, as reported by CNN.
That’s magnificent, thank you US armed forces, thank you Iraqi Armed forces.
A newly discovered document, still being authenticated details how badly Al Qaida is being trounced in Iraq. Details here. Here’s a sampling, I highly recommend that you read the whole document.
The situation and conditions of the resistance in Iraq have reached a point that requires a review of the events and of the work being done inside Iraq. Such a study is needed in order to show the best means to accomplish the required goals, especially that the forces of the National Guard have succeeded in forming an enormous shield protecting the American forces and have reduced substantially the losses that were solely suffered by the American forces. This is in addition to the role, played by the Shi’a (the leadership and masses) by supporting the occupation, working to defeat the resistance and by informing on its elements.
The authenticity of the docs will be questioned by the left, but from the results today of 600-700 terrorists captured and 100 dead, results tell you the truth and veracity of the intel from Zarqawi’s destroyed safe-house. These docs don’t tell us anything previous captured docs haven’t : Al Qaida is losing terribly. My take on this is that the left will mount a dual thrust campaign. While attacking the credibility of the docs (as they must since they basically prove that Bushe’s policy and strategy in Iraq is winning) At the same time the left will be saying — “well if the Iraqi’s are being that effective, then it’s time for us to pull out now.”
There will also be a third thrust — now that the Iraqi forces are proving effective the international media will turn on them. They will become “death sqauds” ill mannered collectives of militias, they will be torturers, and ultimately the more effective the Iraqis become the more they will be maligned. The left hates winners, as has been amply demonstrated throughout both the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.
Wait a second, I’ve got to take some of that back… there is one winner the left loves, any democratic politician who wins. That’s why they have put up with all things Kennedy these many years.
Since Zarqawi did such a great job of giving us what was needed to roll up a significant portion of Al Qaida, he deserves a tribute. See Gateway Pundit for more.