It has been a long time since I’ve posted any update so this will be a big, mostly chronological, catchup consisting primarily of links. Also, again, check out the military support links on the right (especially America Supports You) for plenty of donation opportunities guaranteed to match your preferences.
Iraqis attack al-Qaeda stronghold (Diyala) (Watch for Iranian and Iranian-backed, aka Hezbollah, interference)
Mr. Obama in Iraq – Washington Post questions Obama’s spin on his Iraq trip. I would also suggest looking at the HA commentary by Ed Morrisey, especially given Michael Yon’s comments on Afghanistan (see below).
Success In Iraq – Yon explicitly states that the war has ended. I think we can still loose if we leave the Iraqis hanging through a arbitrary, precipitous withdrawal, especially with Iran still looming around (Yon also provides a caveat in his dispatch as well). Additionally, it will be worth watching the Diyala operation as Iran is likely to be heavily involved in attempting to distrupt it. Yon also provides yet another word of warning on the largely ignored front by the media and politicians – Afghanistan needs to be addressed and those on the ground are optimistic that we will succeed there as well, if we desire to do so. By the way, his “The River” series is a great view into the Myanmar junta’s ‘response’ to the catastrophe (WARNING: the series contains some disturbing images). Michael Yon also has put up a new dispatch where he, briefly, discusses the war in Iraq being over and the Iraqi government as compared to others.
AQ shifting focus to Afghanistan (again, need attention there! but also shows they are giving up on Iraq as their main front)
Sunnis Formally Rejoin Maliki Government (yes, that is a big deal)
Video: Mullen tours Mosul, Sadr City (Admiral Mulling walks through the, previously, incredibly dangerous area where any US troops was considered a provocation and gunfire was essentially assured)
Hezbollah said to train Shiite militiamen in Iraq (see previous comments on the Yon post and the Diayala operation)
Awesome: Iraqi Shiite TV network runs PSA blaming Iran for violence (must see – read the post to spot the imagery that Iraqis will pick up on but other would miss)