Good News from Iraq
The Associated Press reports:
The U.S. military said Saturday it detained six men suspected of shooting down a civilian helicopter carrying 11 civilians north of Baghdad two days earlier. All 11 people on board — including six Americans — were killed, with the Bulgarian pilot gunned down by insurgents.
It is very heartening to see how quickly these criminals were apprehended. The arrests were made possible through information provided by Iraqi citizens, who are clearly becoming more and more willing to turn in the insurgents.
It also says a lot that these men did not come from some large base of operations but instead from two houses in Baghdad. If this is indicative of the current strength of the insurgency, it is clear that much improvement has been made. It may not really be an organized insurgency any more. Just a bunch of isolated, well-armed criminal elements more akin to anarchists than anything else. The Iraqis and US forces still have a significant challenge before them, but the situation is a lot more promising than where Iraq was a year ago.