Monday, February 27, 2006

Rounding Up More Bad Guys In Iraq

According to AP,
Iraqi security forces announced the capture of a senior al-Qaida in Iraq figure . . .

The captured al-Qaida figure was identified as Abou al-Farouq, a Syrian who financed and coordinated groups working for Iraq's most wanted terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, in the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi, according to an Interior Ministry officer who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to address the media.

Acting on a tip from residents, members of the Interior Ministry's Wolf Brigade captured al-Farouq with five other followers of al-Zarqawi near Bakr, about 100 miles west of Baghdad, the ministry officer said.

The Defense Ministry said Iraqi security forces have killed 35 insurgents and arrested 487 in raids across the country since the bombing last Wednesday of the Samarra shrine.
It appears that the Iraqi people have finally "had it" with insurgents, militias, "security forces" who kill and kidnap them and, of course, al-Qaeda in Iraq.

They appear to be turning them in as fast as they can find them.

This is not a good sign for terrorists.

Consider this paragraph in the story,
Interior Ministry commandos fought a three-hour gunbattle with Sunni-led insurgents near Nahrawan, about 15 miles southeast of Baghdad, after about 15 Shiite families were driven from their homes in the nearby village of Saidat, police said. At least eight commandos and five insurgents were killed in the fighting, which also injured six commandos and four civilians, police said.
Four good things worth noting in this paragraph:

1. The Iraqi military is willing to fight and die to kill the insurgents. They have been well-trained by American and other coalition troops and are at least on an equal footing with even the most trained and sophisticated insurgents.

2. Insurgents are getting themselves killed.

3. Citizens are no longer keeping silent out of fear of reprisals. For the last several years insurgents, etc., have forced themselves into people's homes and living in them while threatening family members with death if anyone try to inform against them. This has worked quite well . . . until now. Families are now, apparently, willing to take the risk to flush these bums out and tell Iraqi military officials where to find them.

4. The Iraqi people have decided that it is safer to trust the Iraqi military and security forces than to give in to the insurgent/terrorists. Such trust can only be earned and it now appears that they have at last earned that trust.

All this is very good news. Coming off of a week of unrest that threatened to bring down the fledgling Iraqi democracy like a house of cards, the ongoing success against the "bad guys" certainly looks promising.

Folks like William F. Buckley, who have recently declared the United States' invasion and occupation of Iraq to be a failure may wind up eating their words if this trend continues.

Today, I think I saw, for the first time, light at the end of the tunnel.