"U.S. forces claimed success on Saturday in establishing their influence
and denying al Qaeda fighters control of Iraq’s Diyala River valley, one of the
main targets of an American offensive over the past several months. “We
influence the entire Diyala River valley,” Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Poppas,
commander of U.S. forces in the valley north of the town of Baquba, told
journalists in a video conference. “We have forces throughout the Diyala valley
in key critical nodes. We cross any line of communications, deny the enemy any
freedom of movement. Everything they do is watched,” he said. The Diyala River,
which joins the Tigris near Baghdad, is one of the three main fertile areas of
northern and western Iraq, alongside the Euphrates and the Tigris itself."
There is reason to hope in Iraq still. I don't know that this war is going to be a sucess, but I think it is a shame that so many people on the left seem to be rooting for defeat. There could be a break through moment at any time, and things could turn towards success. Those who rooted for failure will be left holding their hats.