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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 12, 2008 / 6 Adar I 5768

Pelosi still needs a reality-check on Iraq

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared again on CNN's "Late Edition" program Sunday that the troop surge in Iraq is a failure.


Ms. Pelosi's timing was unfortunate for what shreds remain of her credibility. Her statement coincided with the release by U.S. forces in Iraq Saturday of the diary of Abu Tariq, an al Qaida leader around the northern city of Balad. The diary was captured in a raid in November. It apparently had been written the month before. Abu Tariq once had nearly 600 fighters under his command, but his force has dwindled to no more than 20. The chief reason for this, he wrote, was the decision of most Sunni tribes to throw in with the Americans.


"There were almost 600 fighters in our sector before the Tribes changed course under the influence of the so-called Islamic Army (Deserter of Jihad) and other known believer groups," Mr. Tariq wrote in the beginning of his diary. "Many of our known fighters quit and some of them joined the deserters."


"We were mistreated, cheated and betrayed by some of our brothers," Mr. Tariq wrote. "We must not have mercy on those traitors until they come back to the right side or get eliminated completely in order to achieve victory at the end."


Al Qaida attacks on the Sunni tribes have doubled since October, U.S. Army Maj. Winfield Danielson told the Washington Post. But the capture of Mr. Tariq's diary makes it even harder for al Qaida to make the comeback Mr. Tariq desires. He provided detailed information — including the names of key individuals — about al Qaida's support network, which is now being rolled up.


Mr. Tariq's pessimism was echoed in a long letter written by an al Qaida chieftain that was captured in a raid in Samarra.


"(Al Qaida) is faced with an extraordinary crisis, especially in al-Anbar province," wrote this al Qaida "emir," who has not been named. "Al Qaida's expulsion from Anbar created weakness and psychological defeat. This also created panic, fear and an unwillingness to fight."


The Washington Post interviewed two al Qaida leaders in Anbar for a story which was printed Feb. 8. One, Riyadh al-Ogaidi, said the number of al Qaida fighters in Iraq has declined from about 12,000 last June to around 3,500 today. The U.S. military says that in 2007, U.S. and Iraqi forces and their Sunni tribesmen allies killed about 2,400 al Qaida members, and captured an additional 8,800 suspects.


Abu Ayub al Masri, the al Qaida leader in Iraq, has told his subordinates to cool their thirst for revenge against their former colleagues. Mr. al Masri recognizes that al Qaida's indiscriminate brutality is the chief reason why the Sunni tribes have turned against the terror group.


"Dedicate yourself to fighting the true enemy only, in order to avoid opening up new fronts against the Sunni Arabs," Mr. al Masri said in a Jan. 13 communique to his dwindling forces.


There are only a few areas left in Iraq where al Qaida can attempt to reorganize in relative safety. The biggest concentration is in and around Mosul, near the Syrian border in northwestern Iraq (and to where Abu Tariq is thought to have fled), and in the mountainous regions of northern Diyala province.


Al Qaida in Iraq is losing, but is not yet defeated. "The terror group possesses enough capacity to conduct at least one mass casualty suicide attack per month," said Bill Roggio, whose Webzine, the Long War Journal, is the best source of information for what's happening in Iraq. (On Sunday, an al Qaida car bomb killed 23 and wounded 39 at a market in Balad.)


It isn't only in Iraq where al Qaida's fortunes are waning. Islamist parties are expected to get drubbed in Pakistan's parliamentary elections Feb. 18, Reuters reported Sunday.


Osama bin Laden's popularity in Pakistan is plunging, the AP said in a story Monday. It's down to 24 percent in a poll conducted last month, from 46 percent in August. Backing for al Qaida fell from 33 to 18 per cent during the same period.


"That means the al Qaida has gone from being less popular than George Bush is in America, to being less popular than Congress," the AP noted.


The decline in the popularity of the Islamists in Pakistan followed the assassination by al Qaida of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and a rash of suicide bombings. Apparently Pakistanis are no more fond of people who blow them up than Iraqis are. Ms. Pelosi should take note.

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