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Posts Tagged ‘Al Qaeda in Iraq’

Moqtada al Sadr Ready to Stand Down

Posted by Ryan on August 6, 2008

Little “Mullah Atari” himself, Moqtada al Sadr, has signaled that the various factions of Sadr’s Madhi Army will put down their guns and become glorified “community organizers” who will help rebuild Iraq when (or if) he issues his dictates this Friday.

Something that the above article brings home is the flood of good news out of Iraq lately:  most senior AQI (al Qaeda in Iraq) members have fled to Pakistan, US troop casualties dropped to the lowest level of the war last month, troop deployments have shrank from 15 to 12 months, Iran’s influence in the South is diminishing, and we’ll get a SOF (status-of-forces) agreement before Bush leaves office.  Add the collapse of AQI across Iraq this year and now the potential capitulation of Sadr’s Mahdi Army and at this moment the US, Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces “no longer faces any significant organized military foe in [Iraq].”

It could all change tomorrow, but for now it seems like victory is no longer an illusion, but a certainty in due course.  When looked at another point of view, the Surge has brought about the speediest and most significant tide-turning of any major military conflict since American entry into World War I ninety years ago. 

AP photo.

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US Deaths in Iraq at All-Time Low

Posted by Ryan on June 1, 2008

As the headline indicates, May 2008 saw the lowest monthly death toll for US troops in Iraq since March 2003 when the war began.  Nineteen soldiers lost their lives last month.  We hadn’t seen numbers that low since 21 soldiers died in the month of February 2004.  This is a testament to the successes we’ve been seeing over the last year as the enemy gets weaker, the Iraqi Military gets stronger, and our role slowly changes from security to maintenance and rebuilding efforts.

Conditions on the ground are also improving such that Australia is safely removing their last 500 troops from Iraq and the British footprint around Basra has been seriously reduced. 

Our CIA indicated that al Qaeda in Iraq is at its weakest point since they became our primary enemy in Iraq, so much so that the bounty on AQI’s leader was reduced last month down to $100,000!  International al Qaeda itself is facing a crisis since apparently more and more jihadist women want the privilege of blowing themselves up!  Apparently the male jihadists just aren’t cutting it lately.

If things keep going in this direction, the Fall election may have quite a different complexion.

AP photo.

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