Some news you may not get from the liberal SurrenderMedia as they try and paper-over the sea change happening in Iraq. First off, there is a little reported final push in Northern Iraq to extricate the last major remnants of al-Qaeda from Iraq. In the year plus since The Surge began al-Qaeda has been systematically destroyed and pushed out of Iraq. al-Qaeda’s final significant toe-hold is about to come to an end.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited the northern city of Mosul on Wednesday to supervise a military offensive against al-Qaida in Iraq in its last major stronghold, regional Gov. Duraid Kashmola said.
Maliki’s flight to northern Iraq mirrors a similar trip he took almost two months ago to the southern city of Basra, where government troops fought radical Shiite militias. That fighting spread to the Shiite slum of Sadr City in Baghdad, where a cease-fire to end those clashes was only reached on Monday.
Basra is now free of the Mahdi Army oppressors, so we can expect Mosul (and therefore Iraq) will soon be free of al-Qaeda. Once this is done it will be time to unfurl some well deserved congratulations for our armed forces, the armed forces of Iraq and the people of Iraq. Hopefully the Democrats will see fit to acknowledge the important milestone when Iraq has purged al-Qaeda from all its strongholds. There will always be dead-ender believers, but that is not excuse to recognize the sacrifices and accomplishments of the final defeat of al-Qaeda in Iraq.
All indications point to scenario where President Bush will leave office having defeated al-Qaeda in Iraq.