The MSM is slowly realizing that America is fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq. It is difficult to claim that America is in the midst of a Sunni vs Shia civil war in Iraq when the Sunni triangle is switching sides and supporting the US and the Shia dominated Iraqi government. The Times has a report from the battle-front in Baquba:

The platoon’s push began shortly after 4 a.m. on Saturday, as American forces continued their effort to wrest the western section of this city north of Baghdad from Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. Tracer rounds zipped through the air as the soldiers fired antitank weapons, mortar shells and machine guns at the abandoned houses they planned to inspect across the street.

They calculated that the firepower would blow up any bombs the insurgents might have planted in the houses, while providing cover so the first squads could move south across the thoroughfare.

Of course, the Times is still a bit confused. One dictionary definition of insurgent is:

in·sur·gent (n-sûrjnt)
adj.
1. Rising in revolt against established authority, especially a government.
2. Rebelling against the leadership of a political party.
n.
One who is insurgent.

The resident Sunni forces that were fighting US forces and the Iraqi government would qualify as insurgents, except that they have switched sides. Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia would not qualify as insurgents.

Joe Public will slowly realize that the War in the Sunni triangle really is a war with Al Qaeda. The Democratic mantra that the US is involved in a civil war and should get out is starting to sound very hollow.

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