Bill Rogio at The Fourth Rail has a great link-rich summary of current operations along the Iraq-Syria border. Despite only getting coverage when things go bad for us, such as when Marine AAV’s get destroyed by IEDs, this is a big story.
The speculation is now over. The Coalition has officially entered Phase II of the Anbar Campaign, where U.S. forces, with Iraqi Army assistance, provide the push to eject the insurgents from the cities in Western Iraq.
I’ve often used the word “methodical” to describe our efforts in the region. Despite the lack of headlines, big things are happening along the Sryian border.
Meanwhile, Iraq’s Sunnis Register to Vote in Droves:
The surge in voter registration in the heavily Sunni west signaled the minority’s belated entry into the country’s political process. Most Sunnis stood on the sidelines of the Jan. 30 national elections that seated the transitional government, which was charged with drafting the constitution. As a result, Sunnis were left with diminished political leverage in negotiations over the document.
This time, “we registered to defeat the constitution,” said Khalid Jubouri, a guard at a government ministry in Fallujah, a city in the volatile western province of Anbar. “This is considered fighting by word and thought. We are optimistic about the battle, and we will win it eventually.”
If the proposed constitution is voted down, of course, it’s going to be trumpeted as a major blow against us and further proof that the nation simply can’t become a funtioning democracy. But it’s the method of the fight that shows things are on the right track.
“Fighting by word and thought”, Khalid Jubouri said.
And critics claim Iraqis aren’t capable of creating in a democratic society.