6,000 Sunnis join pact with US in IraqNow, many on the Left (Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Stupid Country, etc) will see such news and still ridiculously make the claim that the war is a failure.
HAWIJA, Iraq - Nearly 6,000 Sunni Arab residents joined a security pact with American forces Wednesday in what U.S. officers described as a critical step in plugging the remaining escape routes for extremists flushed from former strongholds.
The new alliance — called the single largest volunteer mobilization since the war began — covers the "last gateway" for groups such as al-Qaida in Iraq seeking new havens in northern Iraq, U.S. military officials said.
U.S. commanders have tried to build a ring around insurgents who fled military offensives launched earlier this year in the western Anbar province and later into Baghdad and surrounding areas. In many places, the U.S.-led battles were given key help from tribal militias — mainly Sunnis — that had turned against al-Qaida and other groups.
Extremists have sought new footholds in northern areas once loyal to Saddam Hussein's Baath party as the U.S.-led gains have mounted across central regions. But their ability to strike near the capital remains.
A woman wearing an explosive-rigged belt blew herself up near an American patrol near Baqouba, about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, the military announced Wednesday. The blast on Tuesday — a rare attack by a female suicide bomber — wounded seven U.S. troops and five Iraqis, the statement said.
The ceremony to pledge the 6,000 new fighters was presided over by a dozen sheiks — each draped in black robes trimmed with gold braiding — who signed the contract on behalf of tribesmen at a small U.S. outpost in north-central Iraq.
For about $275 a month — nearly the salary for the typical Iraqi policeman — the tribesmen will man about 200 security checkpoints beginning Dec. 7, supplementing hundreds of Iraqi forces already in the area.
About 77,000 Iraqis nationwide, mostly Sunnis, have broken with the insurgents and joined U.S.-backed self-defense groups.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, they remain in their bubble, refusing to admit the facts that military and political progress are being made at the local level throughout the country.
Regardless of everything, their response is the same:
"It. Is. A. Loss."
It's also important to know that, as outlined by David Kilcullen in his interview with Charlie Rose, a shift of 77,000 fighters from the insurgency to the Coalition side isn't a 77,000 loss for the insurgency.
It's a 144,000 man loss.
And, the ability of those 77,000 men is much greater than 77,000 US troops, since that number of US troops would only actually mean in approximately 20,000 rifles facing the enemy, whereas the Iraqi converts do not require such a logistical chain and come with the benefit of being more capable of obtaining intelligence in communities, developing community relations, etc.
Here's the video:
Memo to the Left: Keep your head in the sand, please. We'll win this war while you continue to push the idea that we're losing.
ARC: St Wendeler