General Petraeus's forces are continuing their campaign to drive the terrorists out of Iraq, with the ongoing Operation Phantom Phoenix. Here's Bill Roggio:
Despite the recent success in reducing the violence in Iraq, the fight against al Qaeda in Iraq and the Shia extremist terror groups is not over. Coalition and Iraqi forces have launched Operation Phantom Phoenix, a new operation targeting the terror groups throughout Iraq. The scope of Phantom Phoenix is nationwide. The operation is "a series of joint Iraqi and Coalition division- and brigade-level operations to pursue and neutralize remaining al-Qaeda in Iraq and other extremist elements," Lieutenant General Ray Odierno, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq stated. "Phantom Phoenix will synchronize lethal and non-lethal effects to exploit recent security gains and disrupt terrorist support zones and enemy command and control."...Phantom Phoenix may also target the Iranian-backed Special Groups, the Shia terror cells targeting Coalition and Iraqi security forces, Iraqi political leaders, and civilians.
You may have heard through the Media of a massive increase in airstrikes in Iraq, but this is only part of the story. You can find further info via links at the Weekly Standard blog.
In a related story-Gateway Pundit writes VICTORY!... In Kuwait Bush Claims Surge a Huge Success!
One year ago this week President Bush announced plans for a troop and civilian surge to move Iraq forward despite great criticism from his political opponents who thought the war in Iraq was lost. The plan was a huge success- one of the great military victories of our time.Hallelujah!
Today President Bush congratulated General Petraeus, Ambassador Crocker and the troops on their great success!!!!