I’m betting you might be in the mood for a touch of good news today. I know I certainly am.
So how about some good stuff from Iraq?
First, we get the story that Iraqi forces planned to attack, then attacked terrorists north of Baghdad and killed somewhere between 11 and 80 with very minimal losss on their part. This is the first major operation carried out primarily by the Iraqi military and only backed up by the Coalition forces.
And it looks like perhaps all this newfond Iraqi independence coupled with American refusal to leave them high and dry may be having a serious effect. The Financial Times reports that Iraqi terrorists may be looking to put together an exit strategy of their own.
Many of Iraq’s predominantly Sunni Arab insurgents would lay down their arms and join the political process in exchange for guarantees of their safety and that of their co-religionists, according to a prominent Sunni politician.
Sharif Ali Bin al-Hussein, who heads Iraq’s main monarchist movement and is in contact with guerrilla leaders, said many insurgents including former officials of the ruling Ba’ath party, army officers, and Islamists have been searching for a way to end their campaign against US troops and Iraqi government forces since the January 30 election.
And how about that Iraqi election?
Sharif Ali said the success of Iraq’s elections dealt the insurgents a demoralising blow, prompting them to consider the need to enter the political process.
Yep, very good news indeed.