Friday, January 27, 2006

Pest Patrols rolling up Al Qaeda

Iraq The Model posts on the a fast moving militia in Al Qaim:

"The Anbar tribes’ campaign to rid the province of Zarqawi’s terror organization, al-Qaeda in Iraq is in its 2nd day and so far, 270 Arab and foreign intruders have been arrested. ...."

The information is sketchy and the original report is in Arabic. While this is important good news in itself, putting it in context with the Desert Protection Force efforts initiated a several months ago and with this report from Bill Roggio on the coalescing of the Ramadi militia from 6 January (here's his much broader/general report of 12 January as well as 20 and 22 January updates) will give a much better understanding of how much sand is left in Al Qaeda in Iraq's hourglass.

It does make me wonder, however, if this recent move by Zarqawi to turn over to Iraqi control a newly established Mujahedeen Council to carrying on his efforts isn't just Zarqawi providing himself the opportunity to skedaddle.

Update (28 Jan): Roggio explains how the veracity in the claims included in the Dar al-Hayat report don't measure up.

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