A battle raged in west Baghdad on Thursday after residents rose up against al-Qaida and called for U.S. military help to end random gunfire that forced people to huddle indoors and threats that kept students from final exams, a member of the district council said.
Elsewhere, a suicide bomber hit a police recruiting center in Fallujah, killing as many as 25 people, police said. The U.S. military said only one policeman was killed and eight were wounded.
The American military also reported the deaths of three more soldiers, two killed Wednesday in a roadside bombing in Baghdad and one who died of wounds from a roadside bomb attack northwest of the capital Tuesday. At least 122 American forces have died in May, the third- deadliest month of the Iraq conflict. Read the whole thing, which includes details on the news items listed above — both good and bad. Bill Roggio and Michael Yon have been reporting this story for a while now. Not the specific incident, of course, that just happened, but the shift that was taking place in which Iraqis were beginning to fight against the terrorist groups. I found this report relevant not only because it confirms the things Roggio and others have noted, but because they got the lede right. It isn’t right because they gave good news top priority, with the suicide bombing and the death of three soldiers following. In this case that is just the most newsworthy development. In all my complaining about recent war reporting I never asked that good news get top priority or even equal attention every time, but that it be reported at all, and when reported that it be in context. As long as that happens you will hear no complaining from me. (At least none about reporting.)