Some Good News Out of Dialaya

Annie

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There have been some rumblings that it's next of the tip of the surge. Seems the people there might well welcome it:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070527/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

U.S. frees 42 al-Qaida captives in raid

By RAVI NESSMAN, Associated Press Writer 2 minutes ago

U.S. forces raided an al-Qaida hide-out northeast of Baghdad on Sunday and freed 42 Iraqis imprisoned inside, including some who had been tortured and suffered broken bones, a senior U.S. military official said Sunday.

The raid was part of a 3-month-old security crackdown that included the deployment of 3,000 more U.S. troops to Diyala, a violent province north of the capital that has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks, said Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq.

Caldwell said Iraqis told U.S. forces about the hide-out: "The people in Diyala are speaking up against al-Qaida."

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