A glimpse of the future in Baqubah

Below John highlights Michael Yon’s latest report on developments in Diyala province. Yon’s report mostly summarizes the remarkable progress achieved by the “surge” counterinsurgency strategy in Diyala. At NRO’s Corner, however, Michael Ledeen highlights Yon’s account of the terrorist onslaught from which we have for the moment rescued Diyala:

Speaking through an American interpreter, Lieutenant David Wallach who is a native Arabic speaker, the Iraqi official related how al Qaeda united these [previously independent criminal] gangs who then became absorbed into


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