Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007
This is the situation.
Since the arrival of General David Petraeus in command of Multi-National Force Iraq— the situation on the ground has clearly and measurably improved.
1st: The Maliki government has given the green light to prune out elements of the renegade Sadr organization in Baghdad. More than 600+ rogue leaders have been harvested by US and Iraqi special operations forces with the explicit or tacit consent of the government. Sadr himself has fled to Iran and many of his key leaders have escaped to the safety of the Shia south. His fighting cadres were ordered to go to ground, hide their weapons, take down their check points, stop the terrible ethnic cleansing and terror tactics against the Sunni population, and ignore (not cooperate) with US and ISF forces.”
Note: Mr. Yon was tired of the Medias one sided view on the war. The Mass Media loves to tell how many died each day and show Propogada of terrrorists doing bad things. But Micael Yon brings a real sense of the facts from the ground in Iraq and the people there. He is a war vet with a style of writting that many compare to writter Ernie Pyle of WW2 who served until his death in the late days of the pacific war. – Ian Bach