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I like this entry from Smash for this quote:
Regarding the timing of military operations, a wise man once said:
Those who talk, don't know; those who know, don't talk.
He's referencing a LAT piece from 11 October claiming the US wouldn't undertake any major offenses in Iraqi hot spots until after the November elections.
I also like this story from the London Times, which could lead one to believe the LA Times was being played
Today Mr Allawi told Iraq's interim national council: "If Zarqawi and his group are not handed over to us, we are ready for major operations in Fallujah."
More than 1,000 US and Iraqi troops launched two simultaneous raids around Baqouba, 35 miles (57km) North-east of Baghdad, to clear the area of insurgents. Several people were detained.
In Ramadi, US troops sealed off streets and searched buildings after days of clashes, residents reported. Yesterday coalition forces raided seven mosques in Ramadi, detaining four people and seizing bomb-making materials.
And though this story is encouraging :
Local insurgents in the city of Fallujah are turning against the foreign fighters who have been their allies in the rebellion that has held the U.S. military at bay in parts of Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, according to Fallujah residents, insurgent leaders and Iraqi and U.S. officials.
I like this story best of all.