Jan 28 2007
Operation surge is definitely more active than even I suspected. It seems today more militants were confronted and sent on their way to Allah as major fighting broke out near Baghdad. I would say the Iraqis look pretty serious and are beginning to work up to their role defending their country. This battle is the second such large scale operation in so many weeks. I hope we see more of this swamp draining. It will have an effect. One cannot help but ponder the view of al Qaeda right now. They must be wondering where are the Democrats and their promise of surrender. Al Qaeda should have realized the Dems penchant for surrender includes backing down on their promises.
Asad Abu Ghalal, the governor of Najaf Province, said the fighters in the orchard were Iraqi and foreign, some wearing the brown, white and maroon regalia of Pakistani and Afghan fighters. He said they had come to assassinate Shiite clerics and attack religious convoys that were gathering in Najaf, one of Shiite Islamâ€™s holiest cities, and other southern cities for Ashura, a Shiite holiday that starts Monday night and runs through Tuesday morning.
And of course, the dems keep claiming their are no al Qaeda in Iraq and the real war is in Afghanistan. Tell that to those foreign fighters lying dead in the palm grove. Apparently they do not exist.
Elsewhere in the heavily Shiite south, there were other signs of potential strikes on Ashura. Officials in Karbala said the police arrested three men on Sunday â€” a Saudi, an Afghan and a Moroccan â€” who were found on the road between Najaf and Karbala with a suicide bomb belt and explosives in their car. The officials said the vehicle had been hollowed out so it could be used as a car bomb.
Now who are you going to believe – antiwar dems or your own lying eyes. These people could not possibly be terrorists from other countries. I am sure they were bearing gifts for Pelosi and Murtha on their travels through Iraq. Bet not too many folks were happy to see that duo lurking about.