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Reporting from Baqubah

Don’t miss Michael Yon’s latest dispatch from Baqubah, where Operation Arrowhead Ripper is ongoing. In brief, Yon says the battle has gone well and is starting to subside, although there are al Qaeda enclaves yet to be cleared. Some of the Iraqi units have fought well, although the police continue to disappoint. Most significantly, the operation has benefited from widespread cooperation by locals who are incensed at al Qaeda. I learned some things I hadn’t known about al Qaeda’s practices when it takes control of an area:

The AQI installed Sharia court had sanctioned the amputation of the two

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