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Friday, May 16, 2008

Lying Low in Mosul

Here’s the western media’s brand-new dodge when trying to explain why the Iraqi Army is winning across the country: the insurgents, whether Sunni or Shia, are lying low.

Never mind that hundreds of insurgents are being killed and captured. No, according to the likes of TIME’s Mark Kukis (...who claims to be reporting from Iraq but could be up to something else in NYC), it’s “all a ploy, and any day now the real Iraq, which we refuse to report on, will unravel to fit to our imagined Iraq.”

But it seems that journalists too are adopting these alleged insurgent tactics: the Iraqi Army’s operation in Mosul is basically being ignored. In a sense, reporters are also lying low for fear that their false narratives would unravel.

They can’t even get its name right; they’re still calling it ‘Operation Lion’s Roar’. That’s so last week, for now we’re in the midst of ‘Operation Umm al-Rabi’ayn’. Considering that this operation is led and orchestrated by Iraqis, I think it’s high time that we keep the Arabic name for it. ‘Umm al-Rabi’ayn’ is one of the sobriquets by which Mosul is known meaning ‘Mother of the Two Springs’ since the city experiences a second spring-like season in the fall.

Maliki has been in Mosul supervising the operation together with his war cabinet just as he did in Basra, and by all accounts things are going very well. I was told by a source there that a new breed of jihadist was captured in the operation: a female ‘emira’ [commander] who heads a terrorist unit comprised of her sons!


Anonymous Tom D said...

Given the US lamestream press's "reporting from afar", it's hard for most of us to know how valid Maliki's numbers of al-Qaeda arrests truly are. We won't expect the US Forces or Government to contradict him, and there are few others in a position to know.
It sounds very exciting: almost too good to be true.

4:03 PM, May 18, 2008

Blogger Chris Baker said...

An Iraqi blogger was murdered in April, leaving a 20 month-old daughter. A fellow Iraqi blogger recently posted the information about the murder to the blog of the blogger who was murdered. Apparently the murdered blogger was in the process of getting documents to expose corrupt Iraqi employee's of a USAID office. May God look out for his daughter. See: http://www.blogiraq.info

9:58 PM, May 18, 2008

Blogger BrianFH said...

An emira. I bet it will take a while for the Arab world to take that on board.

BTW, I'm still puzzled about the future dating of your headline posting for October this year. Wassup with that? Just making sure it "floats" at the to of your entries? On that date will you compose a new one for, say, 2010?

Just askin'.

7:50 AM, May 19, 2008

Blogger BrianFH said...

"at the top of your entries"

7:51 AM, May 19, 2008

Blogger Amphibian said...

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9:11 PM, May 20, 2008

Blogger Amphibian said...

Nibras, why can't I click on and view each entry in the blog as its own entity? I want to be able to save particular ones to my delicious account.

I've been enjoying the work and thought you've put into this place for a little while now.

9:12 PM, May 20, 2008

Blogger CK MacLeod said...

Hey, amphibian - try clicking on the time at the bottom of each post if you want its direct ("permanent") link.

9:38 PM, May 20, 2008

Blogger David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 05/21/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front lines.

1:11 PM, May 21, 2008

Blogger Jaguar b. p. said...

[ It sounds very exciting: almost too good to be true. ]

Especially when you declare in 2007 that "Al Qaeda in Iraq" is "practically gone"

and then 4 days ago the headline is "1000 suspected Al Qaeda gunmen arrested in Mosul."

It reminds one exactly why 96.5% of Crusader deaths happened after they first declared victory.

4:34 PM, May 21, 2008

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