Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Good News

Bill Crawford at National Review Online has a great article about good news in Iraq. There's so much promising info here its staggering unsurprising the MSM hasn't picked up on it:

Read it.

  • Prime Minister al-Maliki continues to tour the country in efforts at securing some sort of reconciliation, and won an important victory last week when 25 of the 31 tribes in Anbar province agreed to join in the fight against foreign terrorists and Iraqi insurgents.
  • More than 1500 figures representing civil societies are taking part in the national reconciliation conference held by the supreme authority for national reconciliation and dialogue.
  • A series of television ads paid for by Kurdish in Iraq thank America for removing Saddam
  • During an interview on CNN, General Abizaid said that Iraqi troops are becoming more capable every day
  • Iraqi security forces now number more than 300,000, and almost 70 percent of Iraqi battalions have the lead for security in their area of control
  • Iraqi security forces are now in control of Dhi Qar province
  • Thanks to assistance from local residents, Marines captured a high-level insurgent leader during a raid in Saqlawiyah. Residents in the area couldn’t be happier to have the Marines there
  • In Mosul, a top al Qaeda terrorist was arrested, and two terrorists died when they blew themselves up after being surrounded by Coalition forces. They will not be missed.
  • The spiritual leader of an Iraqi terrorist group was arrested by Iraqi police in Baghdad. The cleric was responsible for issuing fatwas, or religious edicts, approving of the killing civilians. The group he heads is thought to be responsible for more than 1,000 murders.
  • Iraqi soldiers prevented a car bomb attack, discovering a vehicle with 2,000 pounds of explosives, and disarming it before it could be set-off.
  • A Norwegian oil firm is now extracting oil from two wells in Kirkuk. Some Iraqi geologists believe the wells could produce 1.5 million barrels a day; however, the two wells are currently producing only 10,000 bpd.
  • Thanks to crop-spraying to eradicate the dubas bug, Iraqi farmers in Diyala harvested one of the most successful date crops in the last few years. They gathered in Baqubah to celebrate
The list literally goes on and on. He also mentions something relatively unrelated but nevertheless noteworthy:

The Foreign Military Studies Office recently released translations of documents from the Iraqi archives, and one of the more interesting documents details a meeting between al Qaeda, the Taliban, and Iraqi agents. The document, dated 9/15/01, reads in part:

The Afghani Consul Ahmad Dahstani (the information on the denotation paper number (2)) had mentioned in front of him with the followings:

1. Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban Group in Afghanistan were in touch with the Iraqis and that group of the Talibans and Osama Bin Laden had visited Iraq.
2. The United States of America has evidence that the Iraqi government and Osama Bin Laden’s group expressed cooperation among themselves in bombing targets in American.
3. In case Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban were proven to have been involved in carrying out these terrorist operations, it could be possible that the United Stated will attack both Iraq and Afghanistan.
4. The Afghani consul heard about the connection between the Iraqis and the Osama Bin Laden group during his stay in Iran.
5. Upon what has been presented we suggest writing to the Intention Committee with the above information.

Anyone who tries to tell you that Iraq and Saddam weren't neck deep in terrorist ties is misinformed. This is straight from the horses mouth, and it isn't the first evidence of its kind, nor the first time this has been noticed.