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Maliki: ‘We Have Defeated The Terrorists’

From a demoralized Associated Press:

Iraqi PM says government has defeated terrorism

July 5, 2008

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s prime minister said Saturday that the government has defeated terrorism in the country, a sign of growing confidence after recent crackdowns against Sunni extremists and Shiite militias.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki launched the crackdowns to extend the authority of the government over areas in Baghdad and elsewhere that have largely been under the control of armed groups since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

"They were intending to besiege Baghdad and control it," al-Maliki said. "But thanks to the will of the tribes, security forces, army and all Iraqis, we defeated them." …

"Under the national unity government, the Iraqis have achieved national feats … that are now lighting the course of our march," said al-Maliki…

Apparently the Associated Press thought it was safe to break their moratorium against any good news from Iraq — on a Saturday during a summer holiday weekend.

Still, it would have been nice if Mr. Maliki might have mentioned that the US military also had a little to do with all this.

Though, to be fair, perhaps he did. And the AP just couldn’t bring themselves to report it.

Hopefully, President Obama will find it is too late to undo the work of our fine soldiers.

Just kidding. He will find a way. He will have a mandate.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 5th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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