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    Al-Qaida ousted from one Iraqi district

    Across the walls of the villas they seized in the name of their shadow government, black-masked al-Qaida militants spray-painted the words: "Property of the Islamic State of
    Iraq."

    They manned checkpoints and buried an elaborate network of bombs in the streets. They issued austere edicts ordering women not to work. They filmed themselves attacking Americans and slaughtered those who did not believe in their cause.

    For months, al-Qaida turned a part of one Baqouba neighborhood into an insurgent fiefdom that American and Iraqi forces were too undermanned to tackle — a startling example of the terror group's ability to thrive openly in some places outside Baghdad even as U.S.-led forces struggle to regain control in the capital.

    U.S. forces took back the entire Tahrir neighborhood during a weeklong operation that wrapped up Sunday in Baqouba, a city 35 miles northeast of Baghdad that al-Qaida declared last year the capital of its self-styled Islamic caliphate.

    Wow! We took back the whole neighborhood. Now that is something to be proud of.

    Of course, the next couple paragraphs tend to undue all that...

    Though the operation was a success — it forced the guerrillas to either flee or melt into the population — soldiers say the extremists are likely to pop up anywhere else that's short on American firepower.

    Indeed, even as the Tahrir operation took place, insurgents stepped up attacks on a new police post in the adjacent Old Baqouba district — which was also cleared recently — pounding it daily and killing Baqouba's police chief in a suicide car bombing.

    Insurgent teams, meanwhile, have tried to infiltrate back into Tahrir, U.S. Capt. Huber Parsons said Tuesday.

    Troops spend a week clearing this area and just two days later, insurgents are already trying to come back in.

    This is perpetual whack-a-mole but furthermore, if you read the entire article, you're likely to completely miss this part because immediately afterwards, is paragraph after paragraph about what it was like before the troops came, when Al-Qaida was there forcing women to wear black and tea shops to close, etc.

    But all that's different now! The troops are here and they cleared the entire city! Break out the flowers and candy!

    The way the article is written makes it sound like progress is on the march when in fact, while progress may currently be king of the hill, the hill was just overtaken and is already back under attack.

    Phillybits - "...quoting a senior defense department official speaking on condition of anonymity..."

    by Stand Strong on Fri May 04, 2007 at 05:13:41 AM PDT

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