“They are turning. We are talking to people who we believe have worked for al-Qaeda in Iraq and want to reconcile and have peace,” said Colonel Ricky Gibbs, commander of the 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, which oversees the area.
The sewage-filled streets of Doura, a Sunni Arab enclave in south Baghdad, provide an ugly setting for what US commanders say is al-Qaeda’s last stronghold in the city. The secretive group, however, appears to be losing its grip as a “surge” of US troops in the neighbourhood-part of the latest effort by President Bush to end the chaos in Iraq-has resulted in scores of fighters being killed, captured or forced to flee.
“Al-Qaeda’s days are numbered and right now he is scrambling,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen Michael, who commands a battalion of 700 troops in Doura.
UPDATE: Powerline’s John Hinderaker notes the article as well, and added this comment: “Currently, there are two tides running in opposite directions: a trend toward success on the ground in Iraq, and a seemingly inexorable drive toward defeat, or will to lose, in Congress.”
Hinderaker’s right, of course. It may be that despite the MSM’s general indifference to or distrortion of the facts on the ground in Iraq, enough information about the successes there is getting through to the American public that it will not support the Democrats demand for retreat and defeat.
One reason to bookmark the redesigned Victory Caucus, and to send your friends there, is to keep information flowing to interested, rational observors of the war,