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By ATWadmin On July 6th, 2008

It’s great to read that American and Iraqi forces are driving Al-Qaeda in Iraq out of its last redoubt in the north of the country in the culmination of one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror. After being forced from its strongholds in the west and centre of Iraq in the past two years, Al-Qaeda’s dwindling band of fighters has made a defiant “last stand” in the northern city of Mosul. A huge operation to crush the 1,200 fighters who remained from a terrorist force once estimated at more than 12,000 began on May 10. Operation Lion’s Roar, in which the Iraqi army combined forces with the Americans’ 3rd Armoured Cavalry Regiment, has already resulted in the death of Abu Khalaf, the Al-Qaeda leader, and the capture of more than 1,000 suspects.

But when I say it’s great to read it – the one place of course that I won’t be reading this is the BBC – which studiously avoids any mention of military victory in Iraq and concentrates instead on the news that four Iraqi men say they are suing US military contractors for torturing them while they were detained at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. The idea that we are WINNING the battle against militant Islam in Iraq is unacceptable to the BBC and its " ‘Nam quagmire " defeatist narrative and so even as we are poised for spectacular victory – the BBC stays mute. The enemy within.


  1. ‘Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister, who has also led a crackdown on the Shi’ite Mahdi Army in Basra and Baghdad in recent months, claimed yesterday that his government had “defeated” terrorism.’

    Reminds me of Bush’s ‘Mission accomplished’ quote.

    ‘The group has been reduced to hit-and-run attacks, including one that killed two off-duty policemen yesterday, and sporadic bombings aimed at killing large numbers of officials and civilians.’

    Correct me if im wrong, but these tactics have always been used by such groups. Nothing newsworthy there.

    ‘it was possible to accompany an Iraqi colonel on foot through streets of breeze-block houses studded with bullet holes’

    Probably because the stucco work has made people upsticks. I wonder who owns the brass responsible for said bullet-holes.

    Its nice the way some media like to portray the insurgency as being mainly run by outsiders. Blissfully ignoring the fact many locals have taken up arms aginst the invaders, and not without justification.

  2. Actually RS the locals have taken up arms against each other in a simmering cesspool of ancient tribal hatred and gangsterism which is the real problem since they tend not to hesitate in kidnapping, torture, beheadings,blowing innocent folks up at the market etc.

  3. Yes Mahons indeed they have, not without a little help from the friendly invaders of course.




    God bless Frank Kitson eh?

  4. RS – you’ll have to write me out some hint of what you mean.

  5. Just follow the links, or investigate Brig Gen Frank Kitson, false flag ops etc…..

  6. Why? Are you suggesting the violence is not homegrown?

  7. Not all of it.

  8. Sure, but the overwhelming problems facing Iraqis today are self-generated.

  9. Self-generated….i would disagree, perpetuated, maybe. I think one needs to look westward to see who generated the problems.

  10. So, Al Queda is a western invention? I see.

  11. Who said that?

  12. It is Al Queda’s DEFEAT in Iraq that this post is about. The tendency for threads to go off at tangents is not one I approve of on improtant issues like this. AQ have been DEFEATED in Iraq, care of the US/UK/Iraqi alliance and it’s great news. Sp, why does the BBC ignore it.

  13. ‘AQ have been DEFEATED in Iraq’

    Actually David they haven’t.

    ‘American and Iraqi leaders believe that while it would be premature to write off Al-Qaeda in Iraq’

    The BBC may not be reporting it, because it sounds like the same old rhetoric we hear about iraq every now and again. When one buys a newspaper, money is exchange when one listens to the same old nonsence on the telly or internet, channels and pages are changed.

  14. The BBC’s job is not to editorialise but to report and leave viewers to decide. That they opt out of reporting this speaks volumes. I would have thought that the erdaication of a 12,000 force to less than 1200 was pretty damned newsworthy.

  15. ‘I would have thought that the erdaication of a 12,000 force to less than 1200 was pretty damned newsworthy’

    David this if true, has occurred over several years, not in a week. It is not as sensational as you deem it to be.

  16. Don’t you see, David? It’s not newsworthy and it means nothing. The fact that Iraqis have stood up to the plate and fought back against the imported islamic terrorists in their midst is nothing. Nothing at all. Move along. Let us bash America.

  17. ‘Let us bash America’

    well criticism is to be preferred over physically battering a country and its people.

  18. RS,

    As in 9/11?

  19. Was it Iraq who committed 9/11?

  20. Actually you may want to reconsider your criticism of the bbs in this instance.

    They’ve put this together on how life is impriving in Baghdad.


    I do think we’re seeing movement towards improvement in Iraq. It could be reversed of course (and indeed I believe it would be reversed if we did something like invade or seriously attack iran).

  21. It was Al Queda and it is Al Queda in Iraq to which I post.

  22. Al Qaeda was not in Iraq pre-invasion.

  23. Really? That’s not what Al Queda says….


  24. Sorry David page not found. But judging from the link title, i assume your now taking the word of a captured terrorist. Can you tell me what kind of interragation he was subjected to? Even the Bush regime did not attempt to say they were invading Iraq because Al Qaeda was there, but you confidently can?????