Operation Spear began today in Iraq. I highly recommend Bill Roggio's piece at Winds of Change. The whole piece is well worth reading to get a good grasp of this important assault near the Syrian border. However, this portion of his analysis speaks volumes as to how the US and Iraq are progressing in dealing with the insurgent terrorists:
"The operations in Anbar must also be looked at from a political perspective as well. The coalition struck a serious (but not fatal) blow to al Qaeda with the capture of Abu Talha. The terrorists continue to lose their appeal with the Iraqi people. The Iraqi Assembly has successfully completed negotiations with the Sunnis to participate in creating the Constitution, generously ceding 15 seats on the committee to a party that boycotted the elections. Negotiations with Sunni groups at the national level and the local level (particularly in Anbar) are accelerating, as the government attempts to offer the Sunnis an option to end the violence and participate in the government. The Iraqi Army is making the long, uphill climb towards becoming an effective fighting force, and is increasing its participation in combat operations against the insurgency."
This type of summary is often missing in the mainstream media. There is progress in Iraq. Operations such as Spear, Matador and New Market are further diminishing the insurgents' ability to kill Iraqis and terrorize the citizens of the cities they corrupt.
Our prayers and support are with the US and Iraqi forces, who are engaged in an important battle.