Originally Posted by tomder55
1st I'd like to nominate Michael Yon for the Pulitzer Prize . He has been one of the best primary sources to what is really happening in the war against jihadistan.
Contrast that to my utter contempt of the NY Slimes. Again they chose to publish material from a classified report about US military strategy. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/19/wa...hp&oref=slogin
I question if it will have the same effect as it does in Sunni Iraq. The primary reason that the Sunni tribes flipped is that they had a taste of life under AQ rule and they found it not to their liking . As I understand it AQ was invited into the region .But I have also posted that AQ has attempted a hostile takeover of the Taliban . So if they have worn out their welcome then the plan has a chance to succeed. The Question in Pakistan is as always ;what will the ISI do ?
I certainly agree with you about Michael Yon. To his favor, I believe, is the fact that he is his own boss. Michael Yon : Online Magazine » Blog Archive » Ameriyah Update
Contrast what Lt. Col. Dale Kuehl writes in the link above, and the author of the quotes below about the same situation and person, Abu Abed. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in the Guardian writes: Meet Abu Abed: the US's new ally against al-Qaida | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
“Our conversation was interrupted by the arrival of a big man named Bakr with a bandolier of bullets over his chest. He squatted next to Abu Abed, laid his big BKC machine gun down and spoke to him conspiratorially, covering his mouth with his hand like a schoolgirl.
Bakr was Abu Abed's head of intelligence. "I was told that someone from al-Qaida is in the area," Bakr said. "We will go out, develop some intelligence and then raid the house."
The only vehicles in the streets belonged to our screeching convoy. A few shops were open and people walked past carrying plastic shopping bags. All around us were the traces of battle: craters in the road from improvised bombs, facades pockmarked with bullet holes, a pile of rubble that had once been a building.”
"Ameriya is a closed zone, surrounded by high concrete walls. Only pedestrians are allowed through the two Iraqi army checkpoints out of the suburb. The "knights" are the only authority inside."
What he writes not only sounds like something out of a fiction fantasy novel; at least in one place, by Lt. Col. Dale Kuehl account, he writes an out and out lie: “Ameriya is a closed zone, surrounded by high concrete walls. Only pedestrians are allowed through the two Iraqi army checkpoints out of the suburb. The "knights" are the only authority inside.”
Please, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, I don’t know how you missed the fact that Lt. Col. Dale Kuehl was there, because I don’t believe you did. What I believe is that you purposely kept the truth from the public…shame on you.