The Success in Tall Afar

Mudville Gazette posted a letter from the Mayor of Tall Afar thanking the 3rd ACR for their role in ridding the city of al Qaeda insurgents. No one in the MSM even acknowledged the existence of the letter let alone the success the 3rd ACR had in getting rid of al Qaeda from the city.

However, Michelle Malkin reports that 60 Minutes actually did a segment tonight about the success in Tall Afar. And she has some video of the segment.

(CBS) This is a story about an entire city that was taken over by al Qaeda. It’s called Tal Afar and about 200,000 people who live there became prisoners in their own homes when terrorists took control and turned it into their town.

They used Tal Afar as a base to train insurgents and launch attacks around Iraq. Last September, U.S. and Iraqi forces set out to recapture Tal Afar, and as Lara Logan reports, the Bush administration is pointing to that operation as a model for how to fight and win the rest of the war.

“Al Qaeda in Iraq had a very sophisticated strategy for taking over the city,” says Colonel H.R. McMaster.

He should know. For a year, Col. McMaster served as one of the military’s top advisers on fighting the Iraqi insurgency. Yet he says when he came to Tal Afar last May, he didn’t realize how badly al Qaeda had brutalized the people.

It’s about time the MSM reported on the accomplishments that have taken place in Iraq.

Update: I am reminded by a reader that the Washington Post did report on the success in cleaning up the mess in Tall Afar. Also, the New York Post reported on the letter itself.

The negative reporting is so overwhelming sometimes that it’s easy to forget that a few news outlets do let some good news out once in a while.

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