BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq has reached 2,500, the Pentagon said on Thursday, and the military warned it expected the new leader of al Qaeda in Iraq to continue the bloody tactics of his slain predecessor.Has anybody else noticed that the press is starting to tell the truth again? Not always, and not exactly in the headlines, but in the stories themselves there is more often the reporting of facts along with the propaganda; facts that often refute the words of those who are quoted.
Tens of thousands of Iraqis have also been killed since the U.S.-led invasion more than three years ago to overthrow Saddam Hussein, igniting an insurgency by his once-dominant Sunni Arab minority that is showing little sign of easing.
On a day when at least 24 Iraqis lost their lives in five separate incidents, an Iraqi official said the security forces had seized documents giving key information about the militant group's network and its leaders in the country.See what I mean? I hope this is a trend that has legs and gets stronger as we approach the midterms and beyond. Maybe there is hope yet for democracy, one of the columns of which is a free and honest press. Well, don't get too excited yet. Just something to notice.
"We believe this is the beginning of the end of al Qaeda in Iraq," national security adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie said.
Rubaie said earlier this year the insurgency against the U.S.-backed, Shi'ite-led government had been defeated.