Tuesday, August 22, 2006

More Good News

More good news out of Iraq today, where over 500 Iraqis joined the police force in Anbar, one of the most "difficult" provinces in the country:

If all 500 new applicants stay with the force after the training period, which last from eight to 10 weeks, Anbar will have more than 2,200 police officers in uniform, the statement said.

...The Ministry of Defense said in a statement that terrorist activities have declined by 70 percent since U.S. and Iraqi troops launched a revamped security crackdown in the capital on Aug. 14 with a reinforcement of 12,000 troops. It said 14 terrorists and 439 suspects have been detained since the launch of the operation.
That article was extremely difficult to read properly, as the Newspeak propaganda call-and-response method was extremely heavily employed. I'll translate it into non-defeatist lingo for you:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - More than 500 Iraqi men have joined the police in restive Anbar province — a focal point of the Sunni Arab insurgency — in the most successful recruiting drive in the region by U.S. and Iraqi forces, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

U.S. Marines screened thousands of applicants earlier this month in various regions along the western Euphrates River valley before shortlisting the recruits for the Anbar police force, said a statement by the U.S. command. Most American deaths this month have been in Anbar province west of Baghdad, where support for the Sunni Arab insurgency runs deep.

Maj. Lowell Rector, head of the police transition team for RCT-7, called the recruiting drive the most successful the U.S. and Iraqi forces had launched since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, according to the statement.

He attributed the success to consistent pay for recruits and better police equipment.

RCT-7 is the U.S. military unit responsible for providing security and training Iraqi security forces in Anbar, an area of more than 30,000 square miles stretching from the Jordanian and Syrian borders to Hit, a city 85 miles west of Baghdad.

The majority of Iraqi security force personnel are Shiite or Kurdish — while young Sunni Arabs make up much of the insurgency. The Americans would like to redress the imbalance and bring more Sunnis into the ranks.

But efforts to recruit more Anbar Sunnis into the army have thus far faltered, either because of intimidation by insurgents or genuine support for their cause.

The recruitment of more than 500 police cadets is a significant achievement in the American goal. If all 500 new applicants stay with the force after the training period, which last from eight to 10 weeks, Anbar will have more than 2,200 police officers in uniform, the statement said.

The Ministry of Defense said in a statement that terrorist activities have declined by 70 percent since U.S. and Iraqi troops launched a revamped security crackdown in the capital on Aug. 14 with a reinforcement of 12,000 troops. It said 14 terrorists and 439 suspects have been detained since the launch of the operation.

Wasn't that much more refreshing? So much of the rest of the article was just irrelevant facts, strewn about to dampen the mood. Before I fixed it the article read like the stream of consciousness from an ADD kid who needed a bathroom break.

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