Aug 12 2007

Iraq Turning Into A Success As Diyala Province Transforms

Published by at 11:01 am under All General Discussions,Diyala,Iraq

Two of the largest strongholds of al-Qaeda and Sunni insurgency have been declared a success in terms of the Surge’s military goals. First Anbar Province went from capitol of al-Qaeda’s modern caliphate to a shining example of how our fortunes in Iraq could change when the local population rises up, out of rejection of al-Qaeda’s bloody ways – to destroy al-Qaeda in their midst. Now Diyala, the second declared capitol of al-Qaeda’s modern caliphate, as been purged of al-Qaeda because of the same dynamic that was seen in Anbar: locals rising up to fight al-Qaeda due to their bloody political methods.

U.S. forces claimed success on Saturday in establishing their influence and denying al Qaeda fighters control of Iraq’s Diyala River valley, one of the main targets of an American offensive over the past several months.

“We influence the entire Diyala River valley,” Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Poppas, commander of U.S. forces in the valley north of the town of Baquba, told journalists in a video conference.

“We have forces throughout the Diyala valley in key critical nodes. We cross any line of communications, deny the enemy any freedom of movement. Everything they do is watched,” he said.

The Diyala River, which joins the Tigris near Baghdad, is one of the three main fertile areas of northern and western Iraq, alongside the Euphrates and the Tigris itself.

al-Qaedaq has lost its second declared capitol of resistance in Iraq – and some people don’t think this is a big deal. Well it is. And it is because the Muslim people are beginning to see al-Qaeda as a failure, and because al-Qaeda has been doing more to massacre Muslims than create any modern caliphate. And because the Sunnis in Iraq are rejecting al-Qaeda, the fight is now for the heart and soul of the Muslim world:

Two Sunni leaders who took public stances against Al Qaeda in Iraq were attacked yesterday, a sign that the terror network may be stepping up retaliation against local chiefs who oppose it.

The flurry of attacks hinted at the complex challenges facing Iraq from Shi’ite militias and Sunni extremists, who often target not just Americans but also their own sects in vicious internal battles.
The United States has pointed to an anti-Al Qaeda alliance of local Sunni leaders as a sign of turnaround, but the attacks showed the high risks local leaders face by joining.

There is always a risk in opposing a fascist and brutal organization like al-Qaeda. The point is the resistance to this abhorrent intersection of NAZI tactics and Islamic Fundamentalism is growing, not weakening. It is spreading. And the more it spreads the more violent the desperate Islamo Fascists become and the more Muslims they kill. Creating more enemies in the Muslim world. The snowball is rolling down the hill and picking up speed. It is just not the ‘hill of defeat’ so many on the left predicted. It is the ‘hill of success’.

What can be seen in the news is, as attacks by al-Qaeda increase, the numbers of tips increase allowing us to round up more and more terrorists, and the numbers of Iraqis joining the government to police and protect the country from these fascists increase. There was a tipping point last fall when the GOP lost Congress and there were wild fantasies Bush could be forced to surrender. Those fantasies are now gone. No one seriously believes Bush will surrender Iraq up to his last day in office. He has the power to defy Congress in a time of war. But it will not be a power he needs to use. The fact is al-Qaeda has destroyed its reputation with Muslims by slaughtering them and treating them like cattle instead of human beings. And when Anbar rose up against them the needle that had been in balance between success and failure tipped too far to be stopped. Iraq will free itself of these terrorists and their brutal ways. And the Middle East will have made a critical choice on which path they will be taking into the future. It is coming to the point where it will be very hard to stop this movement. Once it picks up sufficient momentum nothing will stop it.

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4 Responses to “Iraq Turning Into A Success As Diyala Province Transforms”

  1. MerlinOS2 says:

    This is a simple bootstrapping at work.

    Fact the Iraq Army and Police units are getting seasoned and more competent to perform their jobs and bad actors are being weeded out.

    Even more are being trained to augment their numbers.

    As areas are taken away from the bad guys it takes less to maintain the hold from what you had to use to kick them out.

    Then you can take the others and put them on the trail in the next area.

    So you are now to the point it is no longer wack a mole.

    Even if a controlled area gets over run, you have spares to go back and retake it in the early stages.

    As long as the locals and your hold force can provide intel, the retake will be easier than the initial taking.

    After that it simply wash rinse repeat.

    The bad guys no longer have the luxury of sitting an planning their next move, because they are constantly on the move and you are getting them on their back foot and putting them at a disadvantage.

    Plus their own logistics supply chain becomes weaker with time as your numbers grow past them.

  2. dhunter says:

    Hillary voted for the surge before she voted against it…

    err, wait a minute, I mean, she didn’t mean we should pull out that fast, certainly not before our brave troops won…

    err, just the threat that we might pull out was the reason the Iraqis stepped it up so Hillary won the war…

    err, the Iraqi politicians have accomplished not much more than the US Congress and Senate since January so we definitely need to pull our troops out now before we win…

    err, Hillary says it’s a civil war we can’t win so lets pull out before she gets annointed so she doesn’t have to clean up any more White House messes…

    Oh well, one of those, Bill, wheres Bill, he will know what to say!

  3. It is so encouraging to see major news organizations reporting this. This has shades of 2004 when early in the year Americans thought the economy was on the wrong track. The media gave brief stories on numbers showing that wasnt the case but then went on “THe Economy is horrible storis”

    However by august(the republican convention) the media had to report the good news and peoples view on the economy got with reality

  4. Tony82 says:

    AJ, you need to apply for a speech writing job at the WH or DoD. Seriously. This stuff needs to be repeated again and again from the bully pulpit.