“The Butcher of Ramadi”

The Department of Defense reports that the citizens of Ramadi have turned in an al Qaeda terrorist known as “the Butcher of Ramadi.” The townspeople brought him to an Iraqi and U.S. forces military base, where he was taken into custody. He was wanted for criminal activities including murder and kidnapping.

In one of his recent speeches, President Bush noted that the number of actionable intelligence tips received from Iraqi citizens is up about ten fold since earlier this year (from something like 400 per month to more than 4,000). This clearly is an important sign of progress, and the handing over by Iraqi citzens of “the Butcher of Ramadi” constitutes good anecdotal evidence of that progress.

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