Is The Surge On The Ebb?

Much is being made in Republican circles, particularly by administration officials and presidential nominees, of the success of George W Bush’s “Surge” tactic in Iraq.

We are told, “It is working.”

But how much of what we are told is truth, and how much just propaganda?

Today, yet again, the Baghdad Green Zone came under mortar and rocket attack. These are much more common than reported in the US press. This latest drew attention due to Cheney’s recent visit.

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To quote “Iraq Today”:

“Plumes of thick black smoke rises from central Baghdad’s Green Zone after a rocket attack March 23, 2008. Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the Iraqi parliament and U.S. embassy, was hit by a sustained barrage of rocket or mortar bomb fire early on Sunday, witnesses and officials said. (Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud/Reuters)”

Sunni “Awakening Councils”, vital to the surge tactic, have helped stem the violence of al Qaeda forces unleashed on the country as a direct result of Bush and Blair’s invasion, and removal of Saddam Hussein.

Now, according to a recent Guardian newspaper film, the “Awakening Councils” are becoming disillusioned with their treatment by the US military, and threatening to withdraw their support:

        

It would seem George Bush’s tangle of Iraqi militias is beginning to unravel.

But then, to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the region’s history and its culture, that news will come as no surprise whatever.

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