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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Taking Care of Business in Iraq

Much to the chagrin of those opposing the troop surge, the military is cranking it up and taking care of business in Iraq. In this AM's news reports, we've got this...

Iraqi forces Thursday detained a senior Health Ministry official accused of corruption and helping to funnel millions of dollars to Shiite militiamen blamed for much of the recent sectarian violence in the capital, the U.S. military said.
The raid was the latest in a crackdown on radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's militia, coming a day after the chief U.S. military spokesman said a security sweep to stop the rampant attacks in the capital was under way.

And this...
Iraqi security forces detained an aide to the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq in a raid early Thursday at a gas station south of Baghdad, state-run television and a security official said.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the aide to Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was one of two men arrested in the dawn raid.

And this...
A U.S. airstrike Thursday killed 13 insurgents in a volatile area west of Baghdad, the military said. Local officials said 45 civilians, including women and children, died in the attack.
American forces launched the attack after intelligence showed suspected insurgents were assembled in two safe houses for foreign fighters northeast of Amiriyah, 25 miles west of Baghdad, the military said.
Five militants were detained and a weapons cache including armor-piercing ammunition was found in an initial raid on a nearby target, the military said. That operation was followed by the airstrike on the two suspected safe houses in which the military said 13 insurgents died.

Of course there are reports that those killed in the airstrike were innocent women and children. They've even got some photos of dead children in a pickup truck to prove it. I'm sorry that innocents may have died but that's what happens when insurgents use innocent civilians as human shields.

Remember - those that have opposed the troop surge can take no credit for any of the successes. The General has arrived in Iraq so things are definitely going to be picking up...

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