90 Billion BBLsof oil under the ice. So, Obama went to the wall today. We’re suppsoed to be impressed by the turnout. Perhaps before you get too impressed with how well Germans react to his posturing, perhaps you’ll be smart enough to remember that about half the country is still annoyed that the communists are no […]

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Eric Florack on July 6th, 2008

Marie Colvin at The London Times, reports on troop movements and successes in Iraq. Of course nobody in the domestic press has bothered to notice, since apparently success isn’t the picture the domestic mainstream media has decided it wants to paint in this election year. Still; In the past week, as the weapons finds slowed […]

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Eric Florack on June 1st, 2008

THERE’S BEEN a relative lull in news coverage and debate about Iraq in recent weeks — which is odd, because May could turn out to have been one of the most important months of the war. While Washington’s attention has been fixed elsewhere, military analysts have watched with astonishment as the Iraqi government and army […]

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Eric Florack on April 25th, 2008

Interesting word from basra by way of the London Times: Young women are daring to wear jeans, soldiers listen to pop music on their mobile phones and bands are performing at wedding parties again. All across Iraq’s second city life is improving, a month after Iraqi troops began a surprise crackdown on the black-clad gangs […]

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BAGHDAD —FOX- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mocked anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as a coward on Sunday, hours after the radical leader threatened to declare war unless U.S. and Iraqi forces end a military crackdown on his followers. Rice, in the Iraqi capital to tout security gains and what she calls an emerging political consensus, […]

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Eric Florack on April 20th, 2008

Karl at Protein Wisdom: With the Iraqi Army defeating Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army in Basra, the L.A. Times has moved on to tell its readers how terrible things might get in Najaf.  Buried in the middle of the piece, however, is a bit about the battle for Basra: This time, the grand ayatollahs have declined […]

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Has anyone noticed? Ace did… Obama’s back to wearing a flag pin. Boy, I could make a whole seperate post on the stuff we have on file from when this subject first came up. So does Ben Smith. My take is he’s trying to repair the damage done by what’s leaked out of his true […]

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Eric Florack on April 13th, 2008

Austin Bay, who I quote far too little: Realclearpolitics.com featured last week’s Creators Syndicate newspaper column and the gents at Powerline commented. As the column attests, I saw the Basra and east Baghdad counter-militia operations very differently from the NY Times, etcetera. I don’t even want to bother with the various links logging the defeatist […]

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Eric Florack on April 7th, 2008

Word this morning from the London Times that Iran had forces on the ground at Basra: IRANIAN forces were involved in the recent battle for Basra, General David Petraeus, the US commander in Iraq, is expected to tell Congress this week. Military and intelligence sources believe Iranians were operating at a tactical command level with […]

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Eric Florack on March 30th, 2008

MSNBC is saying: BAGHDAD – Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Sunday ordered his fighters off the streets nationwide and called on the government to stop raids against his followers and free them from prison. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki issued a statement calling the order “a step in the right direction” towards resolving six days of […]

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Eric Florack on February 12th, 2008

Coalition targets al-Qaeda in Iraq networks; two terrorists killed, two detained Posted: 12 Feb 2008 06:18 AM CST BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 12, 2008) – Coalition forces killed two terrorists and detained two suspects Monday and today during operations to disrupt al-Qaeda networks operating in central Iraq. Coalition forces disrupt Special Groups criminal networks, detain two […]

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Eric Florack on January 18th, 2008

Defense Dept. announces Marine units for Afghanistan deployment Posted: 15 Jan 2008 10:30 AM CST WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 15, 2008) â?? The Secretary of Defense has recommended and the President has approved the deployment of additional units to Afghanistan in the spring of 2008. This extraordinary, one-time deployment involves approximately 3,200 personnel and will enable […]

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Eric Florack on January 12th, 2008

COALITION FORCES DISRUPT AL KUT CRIMINAL ELEMENT NETWORKS, 11 TERRORISTS KILLED Posted: 27 Dec 2007 04:23 AM CST COALITION FORCES DISRUPT AL KUT CRIMINAL ELEMENT NETWORKS, 11 TERRORISTS KILLED IRAQI POLICE UNCOVER MAJOR WEAPONS CACHE Posted: 26 Dec 2007 07:43 AM CST IRAQI POLICE UNCOVER MAJOR WEAPONS CACHE AL-QAEDA NETWORKS DISRUPTED; ONE TERRORIST KILLED, 19 […]

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Eric Florack on December 19th, 2007

MNC-I SOLDIER DIES FROM NON-COMBAT RELATED INJURY Posted: 17 Dec 2007 05:23 AM CST MNC-I SOLDIER DIES FROM NON-COMBAT RELATED INJURY BY CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES PATRICIA A. BUTENIS AND GENERAL DAVID H. PETRAEUS ON THE TRANSFER OF SECURITY RESPONSIBILITY FOR BASRA PROVINCE Posted: 16 Dec 2007 01:53 PM CST BY CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES PATRICIA A. BUTENIS AND […]

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Eric Florack on October 22nd, 2007

I note with some interest today that Michael Yon has released another one of his columns from Iraq. America seems to be under a glass dome which allows few hard facts from the field to filter in unless they are attached to a string of false assumptions. … No one who’s actually been to this […]

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