Friday, April 14, 2006

Keep your fingers crossed

From the Washington Times;

Al Qaeda in Iraq and its presumed leader, Abu Musab Zarqawi, have conceded strategic defeat and are on their way out of the country, a top U.S. military official contended yesterday.
The group's failure to disrupt national elections and a constitutional referendum last year "was a tactical admission by Zarqawi that their strategy had failed," said Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, who commands the XVIII Airborne Corps.
"They no longer view Iraq as fertile ground to establish a caliphate and as a place to conduct international terrorism," he said in an address at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Gen. Vines' statement came as news broke that coalition and Iraqi forces had killed an associate of Osama bin Laden's during an early morning raid near Abu Ghraib about two weeks ago.

Rafid Ibrahim Fattah aka Abu Umar al Kurdi served as a liaison between terrorist networks and was linked to Taliban members in Afghanistan, Pakistani-based extremists and other senior al Qaeda leaders, the military said yesterday.

Would that it were true.


brylun said...

I couldn't get the Washington Times link to work, so try this link.

Nice find!

David Thomson said...

I have been saying for a long time that the terrorists are simply not murdering enough people. How many times do I need to repeat?: DO THE MATH! Maybe less than 1/100 of 1% percent of Iraqi citizens become victims. The country is economically moving forward. Al Quaeda can hinder progress, but not stop it entirely. The war has been over for a long time. We are only engaged in a costly clean up campaign.

Syl said...

Yep, we won the war a long time ago. Hence the hail mary pass by the retired generals complaining about rumsfeld.

Can't let the voters know we've actually won at least 'til after the next election.

terrye said...


Thank you. I think I fixed it.

Pastorius said...

Iran recently moved it Shihab missiles to within striking distance of American bases in Iraq.

This could be the reason the terrorists are clearing out.

One thing we need to keep in mind is the possibility that all of Ahmadinejad's rhetoric actually states his real intent.

Think about the World Without Zionism artwork with the American ball and the Israeli ball in the hourglass. The American has already fallen and broken, when the Israeli ball is about to fall.

Ahmadinajed has been saying since the beginning that he will hit America IF we take him to the Security Council. He didn't say, if we hit him with sanctions, or if we hit him militarily.

The deadline, at this point, is April 29th, if I am not mistaken.

This might explain the sudden escalation in rhetoric.