The 'surge' Working?? Take 1,2,3...........

Bumped -- GH.

All that's needed is for something to happen to rile the 'mahdi' army and the ceasefire will end, as well as some Iraqi leader to demand "America tear down these Walls!" and the Real Purposes for the 'surge', i.e. Escalation, will be no more!

Political: The 'surge' Working?? Take 1

Iraqi army prepares assault in Diyala as election law vetoed

Some members of the Sunni Awakening, tribesmen paid by the United States to fight al Qaida Iraq, are fleeing. "They think the security plan will target them after the insurgents," Mulla Sh'hab Alsafi, leader of one local Awakening group, told McClatchy.

Iraqi Military: The 'surge Working?? Take 2

Iraqi forces aren't quite ready to take charge

There's a Video report at the top of this one.

And if this wasn't such a tragic mistake, the invasion and occupation, you might find this report amusing. It reads like a 'Keystone Cop' movie, great descriptive honest take after 6plus years and still going.

Security: The 'surge' Working?? Take 3

Ex-insurgents Want More Money, or Else

The Iraqi officer leading a U.S.-financed anti-jihadist group is in no mood for small talk -- either the military gives him more money or he will pack his bags and rejoin the ranks of al-Qaeda

4,000 U.S. Combat Deaths, and Just a Handful of Images

BAGHDAD — The case of a freelance photographer in Iraq who was barred from covering the Marines after he posted photos on the Internet of several of them dead has underscored what some journalists say is a growing effort by the American military to control graphic images from the war.

Photo Slide Show

One wonders the why of the presidential candidate claiming so much success about the 'surge', i.e. escalation, isn't talking more about what he would do to finally bring bin Laden to justice!

Seems he to, like the present administration, doesn't think about binny much, is the al Qaeda leader contributing to the campaigns of his once buddies, or working with the rovian crowd on some smear campaigns against the opponent.

"Bring Them Home NOW, and Take Care Of Them When They Return"
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(NECN: Lawrence, Mass.) - Groups of people lined the roads of Lawrence, Massachusetts Friday morning in a solemn tribute to a serviceman from the city as he came home for the final time.

The body of Staff Sgt. Alex Jimenez was brought to Lawrence by a motorcade to St. Mary's of the Assumption Parish, where friends, strangers and neighbors looked on as an honor guard carried Jimenez's flag-draped coffin into the church.

Some onlookers waved American flags as the coffin was carried into the church, followed by a large group of family and friends. Large crowds are expected for Jimenez's public wake from 4pm to 8pm at St. Mary's of the Assumption. A funeral mass will be held at the church Saturday morning at 11am.

Jimenez will be buried on Long Island after a service there next weekend.

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A procession of veterans on motorcycles and state police in their cruisers blocked parts of two interstates Friday as it finally brought home the body of an Army staff sergeant who was missing for months after being seized by insurgents in Iraq.

A hearse bearing the remains of 25-year-old Alex Jimenez came to a halt in front of his father's house in Lawrence, the scene of a 14-month vigil as the family awaited word of his fate. A memorial shrine with floral arrangements and half-burned votive candles was on the sidewalk.

McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

U.S. Marines Take On the Taliban in Afghanistan
After two Iraq deployments, members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit face a different sort of war

GARMSIR, AFGHANISTAN—At this spartan combat outpost in the heart of Helmand province, U.S. marines are preparing for what may be their toughest fight yet. Under the cover of darkness, they will push out to take up positions for a battle that they hope will break up a key Taliban stronghold in what is currently one of the most dangerous regions in the country.

McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."