Donald Sensing points out an interesting part of the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi letter:
… the American efforts to set up Iraqi security services have succeeded in depriving the insurgents of allies, particularly in a country where kinship networks are extensive.
“The problem is you end up having an army and police connected by lineage, blood and appearance,” the document says. “When the Americans withdraw, and they have already started doing that, they get replaced by these agents who are intimately linked to the people of this region.”
And this morning a suicide bomber struck a line of Iraqis waiting to enlist in the new Iraqi army.
There have been claims that the insurgents in Iraq were getting desperate before. I was never really inclined to believe them, but now it really appears that they might be. They’ve shifted targets almost completely to Iraqi civilians, and there seem to be a lot of indications that AQ is running out of people who want to attack someone who fights back.
Now, even the Iraqi security and military forces are to be avoided if possible.
The attacks, against both troops and civilians, will continue, of course. And the heat of this coming summer will probably set a few more off, but we are truly making headway, I think.