« Andrew Sullivan Continues Peddling Trig Trutherism | Main | Did Anyone Just See the Megyn Kelly Interview with the US Magazine Hit-Piece Writer?
Sweet Sweet Video Interrogation Added »
September 03, 2008

Bristol Palin Pregnancy Distracting From Fact We're Winning the War on Terror; I Question the Timing

Petraeus: Troops will depart Baghdad soon, leaving the capital to the Iraqis.

General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, said declining violence in Baghdad raised the possibility that American combat troops could leave the capital by next summer.

Asked in an interview with the Financial Times whether it was feasible that US combat forces could leave Baghdad by July, he said: “Conditions permitting, yeah.”

His comments come as the US and Iraq hammer out the final details of a long-term security agreement that reportedly outlines a potential timeline for US combat troops to leave Iraqi cities by next summer, and the country by 2011.

“The number of attacks in Baghdad lately has been, gosh, I think it’s probably less than five [a day] on average, and that’s a city of seven million people,” said Gen Petraeus.

While declining to comment on the details of the security agreement, Gen Petraeus said US combat forces had already pulled back from cities in 13 of Iraq’s 18 provinces. The sight of US soldiers exiting Baghdad would be highly symbolic given the scale of violence that gripped the city in 2006 and 2007.

SAS brags they've taken 3500 insurgents "off the streets" in Iraq. Several hundred, mostly Al Qaeda, were taken "off the earth" as well.

More than 3,500 insurgents have been "taken off the streets of Baghdad" by the elite British force in a series of audacious "Black Ops" over the past two years.

It is understood that while the majority of the terrorists were captured, several hundred, who were mainly members of the organisation known as "al-Qa'eda in Iraq" have been killed by the SAS.

The SAS is part of a highly secretive unit called "Task Force Black" which also includes Delta Force, the US equivalent of the SAS.

The prime targets have been those intent on joining the wave of suicide car bombers that claimed around 3,000 lives a month in Baghdad at the height of the terrorist campaign in 2006.

Using intelligence gleaned from spies and informers, Task Force Black has nearly broken the back of the terrorist network and reduced bombings in Baghdad from about 150 a month to just two.

Pakistan says they almost caught Zawahiri. I guess Pakistan's word should be taken with a heaping tablespoon of salt.

Al-Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, narrowly escaped capture during a raid in the tribal region of Mohmand, near the Afghan border, Pakistan's top security official told journalists in Islamabad.

The head of Pakistan's security, Rahman Malik, claimed his men came within a whisker of arresting al-Zawahiri (photo). But the the mountainous terrain with its rabbit's warren of narrow mountain paths had enabled al-Zawahiri to slip away, he said.

They also claim they've killed 560 Taliban and other militants in fighting in the wild provinces.

The Coalition handed off control of Anbar -- the center of the former Sunni insurgency -- to the government of Iraq. An unsung victory, Ralph Peters says, and that's of course by DKM design.

All too easy to miss the biggest story out of Iraq this year: Yesterday [Sept 1., two days ago now], security responsibility for once-bloody Anbar Province officially passed from the US military to the Baghdad government.

Fallujah. Ramadi. Al Qaeda's worst atrocities. Those opposed to the liberation of Iraq celebrated years of headlines from Anbar.

Then it all changed: We won - and the headlines vanished.

This year, Iraq received a special gift to kick off Ramadan, Islam's holy month of alternate fasts and feasts: The handover of a huge, economically resurgent, peaceful province.

More than 12,000 Marines have been withdrawn from Anbar. The remaining 25,000 US troops are packing up. That means more forces available for Afghanistan - and more time together for our military families.

The handover also means that 11 of Iraq's 18 provinces are now the responsibility of the country's long-derided security forces - with two more provinces scheduled to revert to full Iraqi control by year's end.

The Daily Kos Media just isn't interested. They have a war to fight -- the war against the real terrorists -- Sarah and Bristol Palin, and anyone else treasonous enough to challenge the ascension and apotheosis of The One.

digg this
posted by Ace at 06:42 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Insomniac: "He plays Loki in all the Thor movies, right? Post ..."

wth: "They're sending female Democrat senators some pee- ..."

Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, SMR and Ancient Slavonaut Newsletters: "Poast of the Beast! It is the Prophecy.... ..."

J.J. Sefton: " 663 "We are wearing Depends just so we can tir ..."

illiniwek: "Wray says Mueller is a straight shooter conducting ..."

redridinghood: "Posted by: Sphynx at July 19, 2018 06:53 PM (rXie1 ..."

Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, SMR and Ancient Slavonaut Newsletters: "660. Vy pravi. ..."

Insomniac: "Wasn't he the Big Lebowski? Posted by: J.J. Se ..."

Woody Allen & David Niven: "What are we, chopped liver? ..."

Lizzy[/i]: ">>What was Rush talking about this afternoon. They ..."

JoeF.: "Doesn't Whoops know Judge Jeanine has her own show ..."

IC, now with extra super elite: "655 650 Tom Hiddelston for the next Bond. Post ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64