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Progress in Iraq’s Anbar “breathtaking”: US general
AFP ^ | April 26 2007

Posted on 04/26/2007 2:06:51 PM PDT by noname247

The US commander of multinational forces in Iraq, General David Petraeus, said Wednesday that efforts to quell unrest in the western Sunni province of Anbar have made almost “breathtaking” progress.

Speaking to reporters about the new US strategy to curb sectarian violence in Iraq launched two months ago, based on a US troop increase, Petraeus said: “We are ahead, I think, with respect ... to the reduction of sectarian murders in Baghdad.

“Progress in Anbar is almost something that’s breathtaking,” he added.

The general illustrated his positive evaluation by citing the killing Friday of an Al Qaeda kingpin, identified by the US command as the “security emir” for the east of Anbar province.

(Excerpt) Read more at khaleejtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2008election; alqueda; cutandrun; iraq; iraqsurge; iraqwarislost; pullout; reid

Emergency Response Units, paramilitary organizations loyal to Sheikh Sattar al-Rishawi, prepare their weapons before a patrol in Ramadi, Iraq on Tuesday, March 20, 2007. Ramadi in the past was virtually run by insurgents led by al-Qaeda who carried out daily attacks and kept the police off the streets. But, these elite fighters many of which admit they were members of the old Iraqi Army and Saddam's Elite Republican Guard managed to help break al-Qaeda's grip on the city.

1 posted on 04/26/2007 2:06:53 PM PDT by noname247
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To: noname247

Amen to great news. The traitors are not listening.


2 posted on 04/26/2007 2:10:34 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: jveritas

So true. The good news is that while there will be setbacks, progress is being made and the main of Iraq is growing stronger. That former “insurgents” are taking on the true foreign invaders, al Qaeda, is such a good development. Thank goodness that there’s still enough time left in Bush’s term to pierce the mainstream media lies so that the truth will out...


3 posted on 04/26/2007 2:14:46 PM PDT by eureka! (The 'rats have made their choice in the WOT and honest history will not be kind...)
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To: noname247

This can’t be true! We’ve lost the war! Harry said so!


4 posted on 04/26/2007 2:20:03 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; SandRat; NormsRevenge; SierraWasp; blam; SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; tobyhill; ...

ping


5 posted on 04/26/2007 2:21:47 PM PDT by noname247
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To: eureka!
Well. Isn’t it amazing how quickly things turn when you kill your enemy without apology . Nice change from four years of bringum to jusstis. The people in Iraq have to want a form of democracy , i don’t see the desire. This so called surge should have happened long ago . It looks like the dems and some repubs will make sure success is out of the question.
6 posted on 04/26/2007 2:24:31 PM PDT by fantom
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To: beethovenfan

This will have to be spiked so the Brian Williams can explain how, adjusted for inflation, the DOW was actually higher in 1930.


7 posted on 04/26/2007 2:25:06 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: noname247
I guess he didn’t get the memo that said we lost the war.
8 posted on 04/26/2007 2:25:25 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: noname247

So, how will Reid, Pelosi et al spin this one? If they take the time to listen to what the General says, that is.

MGY


9 posted on 04/26/2007 2:27:19 PM PDT by TitanicMan2003 (Heaven help Michigan, because the governor sure won't)
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To: noname247

I hope it takes Democrats’ breath.


10 posted on 04/26/2007 2:34:44 PM PDT by polymuser (There is one war and one enemy.)
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To: polymuser
I hope it takes Democrats’ breath.

I hope it's true.

11 posted on 04/26/2007 2:39:26 PM PDT by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: noname247; SandRat; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; blam; SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; ...
Thanks .....Related thread:

Dem war votes target GOP lawmakers

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As Democrats push to withdraw troops, they seek to undermine Republicans by creating repeated chances to side with an unpopular president.

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They may get a surprise...............

12 posted on 04/26/2007 2:42:15 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The DemonicRATS believe ....that the best decisions are always made after the fact.)
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To: Types_with_Fist

The Anbar Savlation Council has retaken much of Anbar and started widescale conscription in Fallujah in Ramadi. They have gotten the go ahead to attack al-Qaeda elsewhere in Iraq.

By the end of the year the Anbar Salvation Council will be around 200,000 men strong.


13 posted on 04/26/2007 2:42:18 PM PDT by noname247
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To: Types_with_Fist

Great news, next stop Diyala province. They get that under control and they’re 80% there.


14 posted on 04/26/2007 2:43:52 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: TitanicMan2003

They can’t ,....they have already laid their plans....see link at post #12.


15 posted on 04/26/2007 2:44:06 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The DemonicRATS believe ....that the best decisions are always made after the fact.)
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To: Types_with_Fist

It is true. I just searched and found MSNBC and other articles from May and June of 2006. They described Ramadi as the meanest place in Iraq. This is really turning around. My daughter’s boyfriend is in one of the real tough towns in that province. He says it has really done a 180 over the last six to twelve months.

The treasonous actions of the democrats must not go unrewarded. I hope the muslim terrorists mistake the democratic traitors for their enemies someday.


16 posted on 04/26/2007 2:44:20 PM PDT by 2ndClassCitizen
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To: noname247
these elite fighters many of which admit they were members of the old Iraqi Army and Saddam's Elite Republican Guard managed to help break al-Qaeda's grip on the city

Maybe disbanding those units entirely wasn't such a good idea.

17 posted on 04/26/2007 2:45:58 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Tens of thousands of young men with military experience with no jobs and barely enough money to feed themselves let alone their families.

Yes, it was a massive mistake.

The vast majority would have been happy for a constant pay check.


18 posted on 04/26/2007 2:48:52 PM PDT by noname247
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To: noname247
Dead Men ( Political Careers that is.....) Walking?

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19 posted on 04/26/2007 2:49:12 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The DemonicRATS believe ....that the best decisions are always made after the fact.)
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To: noname247
Agreed. I’m wondering exactly what it was Paul Bremer got right.
20 posted on 04/26/2007 2:50:06 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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H/T to Drudge for the Image.....


21 posted on 04/26/2007 2:51:24 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The DemonicRATS believe ....that the best decisions are always made after the fact.)
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To: fantom
"This so called surge should have happened long ago"

agreed, but hindsight is 20/20. Bush listened to the commanders on the ground and his advisers and, in retrospect, they were late in seeing the success that al Qaeda was having in spurring the sectarian conflict. Had I one wish in this regard, it would be to turn back the hands of time for at least two years in Iraq for a do over. That not being possible, Godspeed to our troops and Iraqi allies...

22 posted on 04/26/2007 2:52:53 PM PDT by eureka! (The 'rats have made their choice in the WOT and honest history will not be kind...)
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To: colorado tanker

Nothing.

He allowed the Shia leadership to push him around and force elections too quickly before Iraq was stable with its own security force.

He took away Commanders Exemption Funds which got rid of Commanders carrot and left them with nothing but a stick after that the insurgency really flared.

He allowed Chalabi to run the de-Baathification program which basically turned anyone who was in the previous government into second class citizens.

And, then he was given the Rresidential Medal of Freedom. What the hell?

The biggest problem I have long had with the President is he has rewarded loyality over competence. George J. Tenet got the Presidental Medal of Freedom on the same day as Bremer. The war would be going very differently today if Rummy was out after the 2004 election along with Powell.


23 posted on 04/26/2007 2:57:34 PM PDT by noname247
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To: noname247

Presidental Metal of Freedom


24 posted on 04/26/2007 2:58:18 PM PDT by noname247
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To: noname247

Good News!


25 posted on 04/26/2007 3:06:47 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I wish..


26 posted on 04/26/2007 3:18:29 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: noname247
The biggest problem I have long had with the President is he has rewarded loyalty over competence. George J. Tenet got the Presidential Medal of Freedom on the same day as Bremer. The war would be going very differently today if Rummy was out after the 2004 election along with Powell.

Agreed.

27 posted on 04/26/2007 4:08:20 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: noname247

BTTT


28 posted on 04/26/2007 4:26:06 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: noname247; colorado tanker

If the Baathist units had been allowed to remain intact, there would be no hope for change in Iraq. No civilian government. They would have been viewed, rightly, as just a continuation of Saddam’s reign, and the US as powerless (even more so than now, I mean, heh).

I am GLAD that they were ‘broken’ and starved for awhile. They needed some humility. Now maybe they can be useful members of Iraqui society, and not its overlords.


29 posted on 04/26/2007 5:33:28 PM PDT by Shazolene
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To: noname247

The MSM, Reid, and all the other socialists will ignore this, as always...


30 posted on 04/26/2007 5:34:26 PM PDT by Zeon Cowboy ("Show me just what Muhammad brought... and there you will find things only evil and inhuman.")
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To: Shazolene

Now that’s thinking, in my book.


31 posted on 04/26/2007 6:28:17 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Gambling men:

Harry: “Chuckie, I think I’m going to crap out. How much money do we have left?”

Chuckie: “We’re tapped out. But don’t worry, we'll get the American people to cover you. (Now on cell phone) Hello, the Times? Harry has just rolled the dice and he thinks he just crapped out. What can you do for us?”

32 posted on 04/26/2007 6:43:09 PM PDT by jonrick46
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To: noname247

Any AFP report is almost certain to be instantly killed by the media, including the A. P. We’ll look for this tomorrow, Friday, in the papers. Hope it’s there but it probably won’t be. The papers will be all Senate vote.


33 posted on 04/26/2007 8:14:06 PM PDT by mtntop3
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To: noname247

No wonder the Dems didn’t want to attend!

Good news for US is bad news for them!


34 posted on 04/26/2007 8:15:41 PM PDT by airborne (Duncan Hunter is the only real choice for honest to goodness conservatives!)
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To: noname247

Thanks for posting this. The roads in Al Anbar are getting smoother. My 2 sons have admitted some positive developments. They have been all over Al Anbar on missions. OBL should be very worried, but Reid and Pelosi will keep trying to bolster his image and deflate our hopes. Keep praying for our real leaders and their troops. We definitely can win and Iraq will be our strongest ally.


35 posted on 04/27/2007 5:56:35 AM PDT by campg
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To: Shazolene
If the Baathist units had been allowed to remain intact, there would be no hope for change in Iraq. No civilian government. They would have been viewed, rightly, as just a continuation of Saddam’s reign, and the US as powerless (even more so than now, I mean, heh).

I disagree. The choice we had was to reorganize the country around some existing institutions or dismantle them all and build a country from scratch. We chose the latter. That is a long-term process, 7-10 years, minimum - time we didn't and don't have. Had we left the army and most ministries in place, rooting out the higher-level Baathists and more fanatical units, we could have reorganized the country and accomplished a stable government much sooner. And Iraq would have an army the size it needs today but does not have.

Also, by dismantling the entire army, we threw hundreds of thousands of soldiers out of work with no pay and no unemployment. So, of course they signed up with AQ - they got a steady paycheck.

We didn't even destroy all the institutions of Germany post-WWII and there we didn't restore sovereignty until 1954. Rummy and Bremer must have been high on something if they thought the voters would give them that much time in Iraq.

36 posted on 04/27/2007 9:01:44 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: noname247
I'm surprised nobody has said it yet ...

DEAR LOSER HARRY REID IS DEEPLY SADDENED!!!!!!

37 posted on 04/27/2007 9:10:00 AM PDT by You Dirty Rats (I Love Free Republic!)
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To: colorado tanker

Talked to my SPC son today who says he has seen a lot more Iraqi Patrols stepping up lately and his convoys are going smoothly in Al Anbar. Haven’t heard that on the MSM yet. The museums are open in Baghdad and people are trying to carry on normal lives. All the stolen artifacts are back and accounted for. Remember? they were pillaged and stolen. Not true. They were protected and preserved-—another thing the MSM forgot to cover. We get great stats on every American Hero killed and wounded and every bomb that goes off seems to have a camera set up and ready to shoot for us to see. The high number of enemy captured or killed is not newsworthy. Come on Iraqis, you can do it. Because Harry says you lost does not make it so.


38 posted on 04/29/2007 5:26:56 AM PDT by campg
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To: campg; All
We all owe a debt of gratitude to families such as yours.
39 posted on 04/29/2007 5:38:25 AM PDT by verity (Muhammed and Harry Reid are Dirt Bags)
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To: campg
I heard a long interview with an American officer on his second tour on the radio this weekend. The first thing he mentioned that was different this time was how much more effective the Iraqi units were. They're capable of independent operations now, which they weren't a couple of years ago.

Of course, that was a talk radio guy who happened to know the officer. He won't be interviewed by the MSM anytime soon.

40 posted on 04/30/2007 9:41:41 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: noname247

Good news.


41 posted on 04/30/2007 10:20:08 AM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: colorado tanker

The soldiers understand why they are over there, but the media can always find individuals that fit the Murtha template. Extensions hurt a lot. I know personally marriages that have folded, babies that were born with Dad’s missing the first year with their child and one couple that married and spent less than 2 weeks together over the past year. The latter is my son. Yet these soldiers keep on perservering and care deeply about the Iraqi people. Stories of courage and sacrifice of Iraqis and Americans are largely undocumented. I hope once Iraq is out of woods these stories will surface, but don’t hold your breath. America sure needs inspiration and all we get from the MSM is inspiration for the terrorists and how wrong headed the whole effort has been. It’s shameless and unbecoming America, but there are many on FR not close to giving up. We owe it to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to hang tough.


42 posted on 04/30/2007 10:10:57 PM PDT by campg
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To: campg
Agreed.

We really need to get going with expansion of the Army and Marine Corps. This tempo of deployments is just too much for many families.

43 posted on 05/01/2007 9:08:41 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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