Monday :: Apr 23, 2007

Rhetoric Versus Reality


by Steve

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It was just last Friday when the White House released its latest "fact sheet" on the progress in Iraq as a result of the surge, specifically in the Diyala and Anbar provinces, and in Ramadi:

For much of the past four years, insurgents and al Qaeda members terrorized the local population through a ruthless campaign of violence. Now the situation has begun to change:
• Tribal sheiks have begun cooperating with American and Iraqi forces to fight al Qaeda by providing highly specific intelligence.
• We have sent more troops to Anbar Province.
• Significant changes are taking place in Ramadi, where the presence of al Qaeda terrorists in the city has declined substantially in the past six months.

Then today:

Nine U.S. soldiers were killed Monday after a suicide bomber exploded a vehicle in Diyala province, the U.S. military reported Tuesday. Twenty soldiers and one Iraqi civilian were wounded in the blast.
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The deadliest suicide attack occurred near a restaurant on a highway close to Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, killing at least 19 people and wounding 35, said Ramadi police Maj. Fuad al-Asafia.
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A suicide car bomber also struck a police station in Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and wounding 23, police said. The fatalities included Brig. Gen. Safa al-Tamimi, a city police commander.

Baqouba was the city where the NYT said last week the Americans were making progress.

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