Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Iraqi government is taking the fight to the terrorists

Iraqi troops are outnumbering US troops by nearly 7 to 1.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister launched a security crackdown against al Qaeda in Baghdad on Wednesday but extended an olive branch to Sunni rebels who want to join the political process in a twin strategy to ease violence.

Backed by tanks and armoured vehicles, about 50,000 Iraqi security forces and 7,200 U.S.-led troops were deployed across Baghdad, setting up checkpoints and patrolling streets in the strife-torn capital, officials said.

My only concern is that the prime minister not cave in to the Sunni insurgents. If any had participated or aided in any way the insurgency or the reported "death squads," he better make sure they're rooted out and arrested. I don't want this to be a concession (read as "cave in") to the insurgency... an attempt to buy them off with an offer to particiapte in the government.