Jan 29 2008
Michael Yon is reporting on efforts in Northern Iraq to finally snuff out al-Qaeda, and how it is working:
Major operations against al Qaeda have begun in northern Iraq. Al Qaeda is in serious trouble. These are not ad hoc operations, but are deliberate, systematic, well-planned and working. Iâ€™ve been watching this unfold for months but have not reported due to sensitivity, but the real shooting has started and Maliki has announced it. There is every indication that this series of operations could be the death blow for al Qaeda in Iraq.
This is actually a follow-up confirmation of reports we heard from Iraqi officials a while ago:
Major General Abdul Karim Khalaf, director of operations at the Interior Ministry, told KUNA here â€œwe have succeeded in establishing a capable intelligence apparatus to penetrate the al-Qaeda organization in Iraq and all armed groups targeting Iraqi national security.â€ He said emphatically that the sectarian sedition in Iraq has virtually ended, adding that the new intelligence apparatus is able to achieve its objectives regarding all armed groups operating in Iraq.
He went on to say that â€œal-Qaeda is now an open book for us, now that we have succeeded in penetrating it.â€ Khalaf did not reveal the extent of al-Qaedaâ€™s reach in Iraq but asserted that trained Iraqi security elements currently operate under cover within this terrorist organization which he said will be dismantled soon.
We have a new political landscape in America. One where hyper-partisans are being shunned for more centrists, and one where America will see victory in Iraq against al-Qaeda. Bush has set so many things in motion that will take decades to play out it is amazing to envision what the world will be like in ten years. And it won’t be anything we expect. Can Obama or Clinton win in November with al-Qaeda vanquished from Iraq and Bin Laden on the run in Pakistan? I don’t think so. H/T Reader MerlinOS2 on the Yon post.