Audio: Michael Yon on the defeat of Al Qaeda in Iraq

posted at 10:05 am on November 1, 2007 by Allahpundit

Live from south Baghdad via yesterday’s John Gibson radio show. Consider it a companion piece to the dispatch linked round the world this morning. The assessment comes not from Yon himself but from a leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party he spoke with; we’ve heard rumblings lately that the military agrees but is understandably paranoid about declaring victory over AQI prematurely and having another “Mission Accomplished” fiasco on its hands. The most interesting tidbit here is his claim that Al Qaeda’s adapting its strategy of encouraging civil war from the national Sunni/Shiite level to a provincial inter-tribal level, doubtless to create some breathing space for itself by fracturing the coalitions (especially in Anbar) against them. That was surely one of the goals in killing Abu Risha, the leader of the Anbar awakening. Sounds like it hasn’t worked. Takeaway: “Even if their own sons support Al Qaeda, they will kill them.”

One point he doesn’t make here (but has made elsewhere) is the extent to which the sectarian violence has dropped simply because sectarian cleansing efforts have been so successful in parts of Baghdad. The LA Times is all over that this morning. (“Everyone in our neighborhood is Sunni, even the birds flying above us are Sunni.”) Read this too before you listen. It’s not related to Yon’s immediate subject but useful given the left’s religious conviction that Al Qaeda in Pakistan — the “real terrorists,” as they charmingly have it — is a wholly separate entity from Al Qaeda in Iraq. Even though, paradoxically, as another piece of leftist wisdom has it, the war has done nothing but create more shock troops for Osama.

A top Taliban commander said his group maintains good relations and military cooperation with the al-Qaida insurgents not only in Afghanistan but Iraq well.

«We have good and strong relations with al-Qaida mujahideen in Iraq, provide them with our expertise and share with them military information,» Taliban southern commander Dadullah Mansoor said Wednesday in a video produced by al-Qaida’s media production wing, as-Sahab.

The clip runs about nine minutes.


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But…but…occupations never succeed…

MadisonConservative on November 1, 2007 at 10:15 AM

Wow. I suppose this will all be ignored by the MSM as an inconvenient truth.

Important point from Michael Yon – We have to keep our foot on the gas.

Leonidas Hoplite on November 1, 2007 at 10:32 AM

Wonderful news! And just think, we won’t even hear about this in the Drive-By Media.

The more and more of this that goes on, and comes out from various sources, mostly from Yon, the harder it gets for them to ignore it.

I remember the first time I heard of the “Anbar Awakening.” It was a short piece from AFP about tribes aligning to kick out “terrorists” (quotes AFPs). Always with the quotes around the word, as if to emphasise that really isn’t the “right” word, it’s just what those evil Americans called those poor freedom fighters. And my thought at the time was “well, isn’t that exactly what we wanted, the Iraqis taking care of themselves, standing up so we can stand down?”

As a few more reports trickeled out, spurred by Mr. Yon no doubt, we had our Leftists screaming “Civil War” and “We’ve Lost, Bush is Hitler!” Eventually, they were forced to admit it.

Just makes me sick, the way they keep rooting against their own country.

JamesLee on November 1, 2007 at 10:45 AM

Taliban ….

“We have good and strong relations with al-Qaida mujahideen in Iraq, provide them with our expertise and share with them military information ..”

Expertise = How to run and hide from U.S. troops
Military Information = If you don’t find a good hiding place the U.S. troops will kick your @ss.

We.Are.Winning.

fogw on November 1, 2007 at 11:09 AM

Very good news, obviously. Especially about the Sheiks’ strong preventative measures, determination and preparedness against any AQI stooges trying to do their thing.

AlexB on November 1, 2007 at 11:19 AM

Think for a minute about how valuable the news we get from people like Yon and Totten is. Those two, along with the other milbloggers, are basically the only people giving accurate reports from the ground in Iraq. The rest are doing phone interviews from the Green zone and cherry picking stats and stories to drive their agendas.

Each day I get a little more confident that we have finally turned the corner.

BadgerHawk on November 1, 2007 at 11:24 AM

The bottom line on Al Qaeda inside Iraq:

“They are being hunted down and killed. Or, if they are lucky, captured by Americans.”

Somehow, we must make the MSM pay for their efforts to sabotage the war.

georgej on November 1, 2007 at 11:53 AM

Sounds positive, but I can’t help but continue to feel that the Iraqi people have a greater capacity to screw things up than to straighten things out. Hundreds of years of history are hard to reverse, and the culture is rooted too deep in conflict and abuse of power.

saiga on November 1, 2007 at 11:57 AM

“One point he doesn’t make here (but has made elsewhere) is the extent to which the sectarian violence has dropped simply because sectarian cleansing efforts have been so successful in parts of Baghdad. The LA Times is all over that this morning. (”Everyone in our neighborhood is Sunni, even the birds flying above us are Sunni.”)”

This raises all kinds of awkward questions about multiculturalism in the Western world, which barely need elaborating.

Apeking on November 1, 2007 at 1:18 PM

The MSM, much like the democrats in congrees have invested so much into defeat that the return of victory will be a hard pill to swallow.

chief on November 1, 2007 at 1:55 PM

Has anyone thought about the possibility that we couldn’t have come to this place without going through all of the steps and missteps that we did? Seriously, if things hadn’t become desperate, what would have motivated the Iraqis to step up? If we had done things differently, why should we believe that the result would have actually been better? What I’m saying is, the current state of affairs is the sum of all the parts of the story. Maybe “mistakes” were actually necessary. Just my mind-thoughts…

TBinSTL on November 1, 2007 at 4:15 PM

TBinSTL

I think you have a very good point. I’ve always said that life is just like what you said: every decision you ever make, big, small, and otherwise, all add up to the person you are at this very moment. And some seemingly small decisions may make very large differences in the future.

Different tactics, strategies, and such would likely have led to a different outcome at this point, but ‘different’ is not necessarily the same as ‘better.’

JamesLee on November 1, 2007 at 5:16 PM