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Militant Group Is Out of Baghdad, U.S. Says

Believe it or not this is buried on page 18 of the New York Times!

American forces have routed Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the Iraqi militant network, from every neighborhood of Baghdad, a top American general said today, allowing American troops involved in the “surge” to depart as planned.

Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil Jr., commander of United States forces in Baghdad, also said that American troops had yet to clear some 13 percent of the city, including Sadr City and several other areas controlled by Shiite militias. But, he said, “there’s just no question” that violence had declined since a spike in June.

“Murder victims are down 80 percent from where they were at the peak,” and attacks involving improvised bombs are down 70 percent, he said.

General Fil attributed the decline to improvements in the Iraqi security forces, a cease-fire ordered by the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr, the disruption of financing for insurgents, and, most significant, Iraqis’ rejection of “the rule of the gun.”

His comments, in a broad interview over egg rolls and lo mein in a Green Zone conference room, were the latest in a series of upbeat assessments he and other commanders have offered in recent months. But his descriptions revealed a city still in transition: tormented by its past, struggling to find a better future.

“The Iraqi people have just decided that they’ve had it up to here with violence,” he said, while noting that their demands for electricity, water and jobs have intensified.

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Hundreds, if not thousands, of displaced families are returning to their homes, but a majority of them are still afraid to go back to neighborhoods now segregated by sect. “Clearly,” General Fil said, “it will take some time for Baghdad to restore itself to what it was.”

He and other military commanders have maintained for months that the conditions for national reconciliation have been met. They argue that Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the homegrown Sunni extremist group that American intelligence agencies say is foreign-led, has been weakened. They cite in particular the rise of the American-supported citizen volunteers — 67,000 nationwide, according to military figures.

And though Sunni extremist groups could revive and “reinfest very quickly,” General Fil said, Iraq’s leaders should now have the peace they need to build a trusted, cross-sectarian government.

Soon, General Fil said, there will be fewer troops for the Iraqis to rely on. “Already we are at a point where we’ll see that as the surge forces depart the city, we’ll see a natural decline in numbers, and I’m very comfortable where that comes to,” he said.

With less than two months to go before his division heads home, General Fil offered a mixed vision of the military’s role for the coming year. He said that if 2007 was the year of security, 2008 would probably be “a year of reconstruction, a year of infrastructure repair, and a year of, if there’s going to be a surge, a year of the surge of the economy.”

He acknowledged that dislodging Shiite militias from control of gasoline, government ministries and other sources of power would be difficult.

The biggest threat to Baghdad’s security is now Shiite militias, he said. Infrastructure weaknesses and unemployment are also serious obstacles, which American efforts at the local level cannot fully address because “these become national-level problems,” he said.

American troops have recently focused more operations on the farm towns and dusty villages of the country, with the latest coming this week outside Kirkuk in the north.

The operations are aimed at maintaining what General Fil described as vital momentum. The greatest challenge of the coming months, he said, will be satisfying the delicate hopes and expectations of Iraqis, who see security not as an end, but just as a beginning.

Stability, General Fil said, “is within sight but not yet within touch.”

“Close, but not yet within touch.”

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What was that Dingey Harry? The War Is Lost? Our brave Troops have put up with the most vicious attacks we have ever seen in our own Country, they have been belittled, told they couldnt win, accused of horrible crimes most of them never committed, had stooges like the Code Pinkos and the Westboro Baptist Lunatics protest at the fallen Soldiers funerals, spit on Soldiers, and outright lie about our Troops. John Murtha and John Kerry calling them murderers. And through all the muk our Troops are coming out of this Victorious!! I am so Proud of our Troops I am going to hug everyone of them I see (I usually just shake thier hands) but they deserve hugs ALL of them. No matter if they have been to Iraq or not. And the next Code Pinko I see is getting slapped!!

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Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

B-b-bu-but....Marieeeee.....I just listened to Bill Richardson this morning say we need to get out now, the war's a disaster, worst year ever for troop loss since the invasion, yadda yadda yadda and blah blah blah.

Are you telling me this presidential candidate is wrong?!

November 08, 2007 9:55 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Yes dammit Word,

Richardson is WRONG!!!

I am so proud I could cry happy tears :-)

November 08, 2007 9:58 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Like you, Marie, I'm proud of them too. Congratulations is definitely in order, and shame on the NYT's! Idiots! Traitors! More specifically, idiotic traitors!

November 08, 2007 12:17 PM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Notice though that it was BURIED!!!! Hey Marie not only is Richardson saying it but Paul says if elected, (ha, ha ,ha, ha, he, he, he, he), he woul pull out in three months.

As Bugs Bunny said, "what a maroon!"

November 08, 2007 12:43 PM  
Blogger Daniel Ruwe said...

You will never hear any good news about Iraq from liberals. They just sweep the good news under the rug.

November 08, 2007 2:16 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I take it you dont like the New York Slimes lol

However they did cover this story even though it was buried grrr. You are right!


There will be no avoiding the good news pretty soon, and all the nay sayers are going to have egg all over thier faces.


I know it. But I dont think they can possibly avoid it soon.

November 08, 2007 2:32 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

nice job Marie!
I am linking this one up to Joe Liebermans comment today on this very subject...

November 08, 2007 2:36 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Thank's Red,

I linked yours too :-)

November 08, 2007 2:46 PM  
Blogger Dan O. said...

I heard about this story on the radio yesterday. (Rush or local guy, don't remember which, or both)

Wonder how that story even got published at all, even being buried back with the massage parlor ads.

November 09, 2007 7:26 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


It's a shock isnt it?

I hope that soon there will be NO avoiding it and all the newspapers, networks, etc.. will have to mention it on the FRONT page!

Slipped in between massage parlor ads lol

November 09, 2007 8:37 AM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Yeah, I just heard Ron Paul say the surge is a failure.

NONE of these guys will admit that they are WRONG.

The same hippies who said Reagan would start a nuclear war and fought against SDI are still insisting that Reagan had nothing to do with winning the Cold War.

If these clowns are forced to admit they are wrong, they might have to be held to account in the same way they daily demand of all of us. They cannot let that happen.

From the NY Times story:

""American forces have routed Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the Iraqi militant network, from every neighborhood in Baghdad a top American General said today, allowing American troops involved in the 'surge' to depart as planned."

Rich Galen points out:

"Routed. Every. Planned.

Not "making headway against." Routed.

Not "some neighborhoods." Every.

Not "leave in disgrace." Depart as planned.

Am I misreading the reporting here? If this is true, this isn't just pretty good news, this is extraordinary news. This is GREAT news."

The New York Times to run FRONT PAGE stories about Abu Ghraib over 40 DAYS IN A ROW, and they put this story in the back of the paper.

November 09, 2007 7:50 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I cannot wait till there is absolutely no denying what is going on in Iraq, they wont have any choice but to report it.

What get's me is Clinton sent Troops all over the friggen world without Congressional approval, and no one said a peep!

We still have bases and Troops stationed in Kosovo!

There hasnt been one Country we have ever liberated that we havent left a base and/or bases at.

And these dolts in Congress want a pullout right now while things are wrapping up Militarily so the Political process can take hold.

I just dont understand this at all because no matter what they say on the campaign trail Liberal and Republican alike, whoever the next President is they are going to have to deal with this.

Yes this story should have been page 1.

Soon it will be :-)

Oh BTW like the Code Pink site I even linked it to my sidebar.

Funny they dont seem to like me to much lol

November 09, 2007 8:18 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

In addition to my previous comment, Marie, I think Dinghy Harry should be required to eat an entire Crow pie!

November 10, 2007 7:44 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


In addition to my previous comment, Marie, I think Dinghy Harry should be required to eat an entire Crow pie!

Ha ha, exactly :-)

November 14, 2007 2:27 PM  

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