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2007 on track to be deadliest year of war in Iraq

Monday, November 5, 2007

BAGHDAD -- With just under two months left in the year, 2007 is on course to be the deadliest year on record for American forces in Iraq, despite a recent sharp drop in U.S. deaths.

At least 847 American military personnel have died in Iraq so far this year -- the second-highest annual toll since the war began in March 2003, according to Associated Press figures.

In 2004, the bloodiest year of the war for the U.S. so far, 850 American troops died. Most were killed in large, conventional battles like the campaign to cleanse Fallujah of Sunni militants in November, and U.S. clashes with Shiite militiamen in the sect's holy city of Najaf in August.

But the American military in Iraq has increased its exposure this year, reaching 165,000 troops -- the highest levels yet. Moreover, the military's decision to send soldiers out of large bases and into Iraqi communities means more troops have seen more "contact with enemy forces" than ever before, said Maj. Winfield Danielson, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad.

"It's due to the troop surge, which allowed us to go into areas that were previously safe havens for insurgents," Danielson said. "Having more soldiers, and having them out in the communities, certainly contributes to our casualties."

Last spring, U.S. platoons took up positions -- often in abandoned houses or in muddy, half-collapsed police stations -- in the heart of neighborhoods across Baghdad and nearby communities. The move was part of President Bush's new strategy to drive al-Qaida from the capital.

The idea was to fight the "three-block war" -- in the words of the Pentagon counterinsurgency manual written in part by America's commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus -- by embedding U.S. forces inside Iraqi communities in order to win the trust and, crucially, the aid of residents.

It was the first time many residents had seen U.S. troops up close, rather than whizzing by in armored convoys en route to huge bases that house thousands of troops. And it was the first time many U.S. troops went to bed each night outside those fortresses, to the sounds of Iraqi life: gunfire, the roar of helicopters overhead and an occasional explosion.

The move has worked, U.S. officials say. Increasingly, the sounds of Baghdad include children playing in the streets.

"It's allowed Iraqi civilians to get more comfortable with U.S. forces -- increasing the number of tips we get from Iraqi citizens," Danielson said. "That leads us to insurgent leaders and cells, and cleaning those up has led to a decline in violence over the past couple months."

Stationing U.S. troops in communities, where they have reduced the level of Iraqi-on-Iraqi violence, also appears to have helped win the trust of the leaders of Shiite and Sunni communities. And that has helped the U.S. persuade those leaders to join the fight against radical groups, especially al-Qaida in Iraq.


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The Leader America Will Need Again

Yeah! Americans must choose a leader who is resolute, clear-sighted and patient, and who knows how to cry to God in his private moments for God's help and wisdom in caring and leading Americans. He or she must not be one who often has to seek popular support and let Americans force or lead him into making the wrong decision. A good American President is one who cares only that he must make the right decision before God, even if the polls are strongly against him, so that God's will can be done to benefit the world and America! Thank Allah President Bush is one of such leaders that America will need again after his second term of office.

Praise be to Allah that He long foreknew Bush was the right man for the US President. That was why Allah had mobilized the Muslims in America to vote him into power as He knew George Bush would be the right leader for this difficult war on the terror waged by Muslim fundamentalists, despite Al-Gore winning more votes. And when Muslims in America showed disloyalty to the cause of Allah, Allah got others to vote President Bush for another term. Can Allah be wrong the second time in deciding that George Bush was the best person for the post of US President?

It would be good for the Muslims worldwide to start learning how to submit to the will of Allah and stop trying to make Allah into a servant for the twisted will of the Great Muslim Ummah! Then they would not be so easily beguiled by the likes of the sex-hungry AlQaedian demonoids as many of them had.

So it is clear that Osama bin Laden and his ilk are agents of Satan, and President George Bush is the anointed servant of Allah! For the Quran says, VICTORY COMES ONLY FROM ALLAH, THE MIGHTY AND THE WISE ONE!! Ali-Imran 3:126. â??Allah is Able to do all things [by Himself].â?? At-Tauba 9:39.The Quran says Allah is also the best Schemer and Plotter against evil schemers (like the brutal and sex-hungry AlQaidians and their ilk). Ali-Imran 3:54 and Al-Anfal 8:30. â??Lo! Those who are of the devilâ??s party will be the losersâ?*.those who are of Allahâ??s party are the successful ones.â?? Al-Mujadala 58:19,22.

Thatâ??s why Osama and his AlQaedian demonoids are losing their battles so badly. He would be openly shouting and boasting about his victory away from his many caves if heâ??s really winning! Praise be to Allah that even Osamaâ??s mentor and favourite pamphleteer for jihad, the Saudi cleric and Islamic scholar Sheik Salman al-Oadah has also attacked him to the effect that he has caused many to believe that Islam is a religion of evil, violence and of the terrorists (www.islamtoday.com)!

The Quran says Muslims must not kill Muslims, or they will be thrown into Hellfire, surely not a reward of 72 voluptuous virgins in Paradise for free sex! An-Nisaa 4:29,92. For Allah does not guide the evildoers. At-Tauba 9:36. He is always with those who keep away from evil and who do good deeds (with people like President George Bush). Al-Nahl 16:128.

Allah will never forget that it was President Bush who sent his immense warship of supplies and soldiers to help the hard-hit Muslims in Aceh during the tsunami catastrophe. President Bush is, therefore, a true jihadist! And Allah knows his sincerity in wanting to help Iraqis rebuild their country and to enjoy their peace and prosperity, the way America had helped Kuwait, SKorea, Japan, Germany, and others.

So those working against President Bush in his noble mission for Iraqisâ?? freedom, peace, and prosperity are unwittingly working for the devil to try putting the Iraqis in perpetual bondage, poverty and backwardness.

May God bless America and President George Bush! Allahu Akbar!!

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-- Posted by ohthameng on Mon, Nov 5, 2007, at 11:07 AM


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