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Sunday, September 23, 2007
WSJ, May 7, 2007

At Lonely Iraq Outpost, GIs Stay as Hope Fades

By Greg Jaffe
Word Count: 3,114

TARMIYAH, Iraq -- For U.S. troops, just walking a simple foot patrol through this small, trash-strewn city 30 miles north of Baghdad has become unthinkable.

If the Americans spend longer than 10 minutes in one place, a sniper will track them down and begin shooting.

"It is getting to the point where we really can't interact with the people," says Lt. Cody Wallace, executive officer of the unit that patrols the city. Even the local police chief who oversees the area that includes Tarmiyah refuses to set foot in the town.

Blackanthem Military News,
Sept 23, 2007
1,200 Tarmiyah citizens vow to fight al-Qaeda
By Multi-National Division - North PAO
Sep 22, 2007 - 1:54:57 PM

Blackanthem Military News TAJI, Iraq - More than 1,200 Iraqi males from in and around Tarmiyah stood in line for hours to join Iraqi Security Forces, local sheiks and Coalition Forces in the fight against al-Qaeda and other insurgent militias in Tarmiyah Sept. 12.

Local sheiks and CF from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment reached out to the Iraqi people, asking the citizens of the small town of Tarmiyah to volunteer to defend their homes and neighborhoods against the terrorist insurgency in their town.

This concept of the people standing against al-Qaeda and other insurgents has been dubbed an "awakening," or the mental realization that the terrorists offer nothing but fear and injustice.

"We really see now how this movement, this awakening movement, has really started to take off," said Lt. Col. William Prior, commander, 4-9th IN. "Just a flicker at first, it's turned into a full-fledged flame, not just here in Tarmiyah, but also in other parts of my area."


Seneca the Younger said...

The nostaligia at Daily Kos is palpable.

Reliapundit said...

may june july august september...

er um what happended to change things?

OH: the surge.

that petraeus is great.

as are our troops.

i always knew we could do this if we went on the offensive.

bush has had us fighting with one hand behind our backs from 2005- and just after the iraqi election until the surge.