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Good news grinches

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The good news keeps being ignored



Good news grinches
David Limbaugh
July 27, 2007

Very good news is coming out of Iraq. Not surprisingly, this hasn't caused a change of heart among the Democratic leadership. It hasn't even given them pause. One wonders if they are capable of hearing such news anymore.

The Times Online reports al Qaeda faces rebellion within its ranks. "Fed up with being part of a group that cuts off a person's face with piano wire to teach others a lesson, dozens of low-level members of al Qaeda are daring to become informants for the U.S. military in a hostile Baghdad neighborhood."

Some junior al Qaeda members are said to be repulsed by the gratuitous, barbaric violence. One said, "I am sick of it and I hate them, and I am done.

The good news doesn't stop here. Al Qaeda not only faces internal dissension, but evidence emerges that other ethnic forces formerly friendly to al Qaeda are changing their tune. Iraqi locals are denying al Qaeda the sanctuary they need to operate. Lt. Col Stephen Michael, commander of a 700-troop battalion in Doura, says, "Al Qaeda's days are numbered, and right now he is scrambling."

This news, says the Times, comes out of Doura. But it "is part of a wider trend that has started in other al Qaeda hotspots across the country and in which Sunni insurgent groups and tribal sheikhs have stood together with the coalition against the extremist movement."

Along the same lines, The Washington Times reports U.S. forces have brokered an agreement between Sunni and Shi'ite tribal leaders in Taji, Iraq, to join forces against al Qaeda and other extremists, an extension of a policy carried out in Anbar Province "that has transformed the security situation" there.

This isn't some flimsy handshake deal. Tribal leaders agreed to use members of more than 25 local tribes to protect the area around Taji from Sunni and Shi'ite extremists. It's also significant that tribal forces approached U.S. forces to initiate this agreement.

Al Qaeda's inhumanity is not the only reason things are beginning to change in Iraq. The reports clearly indicate the increased number of U.S. forces in Doura has made the locals feel it's less dangerous for them to turn toward us. These reports are direct confirmation that the surge strategy is working


http://washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070727/COMMENTARY/107270023/1012
 

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