U.S. forces raided an al-Qaida hide-out northeast of Baghdad on Sunday and freed 42 Iraqis imprisoned inside, including some who had been tortured and suffered broken bones, a senior U.S. military official said Sunday.Granted, you hear the usual bad news if you read further on into the article, and accompanying stories talk about another "grim milestone" as Memorial Day approaches. The negative pieces still outweigh the positive. That said, the title of the above piece and its opening four paragraphs are a refreshing change of pace.
The raid was part of a 3-month-old security crackdown that included the deployment of 3,000 more U.S. troops to Diyala, a violent province north of the capital that has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks, said Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq.
Caldwell said Iraqis told U.S. forces about the hide-out: "The people in Diyala are speaking up against al-Qaida."
He said the 42 freed Iraqis marked the largest number of captives ever found in a single al-Qaida prison. Some of those freed were held for as long as four months and some had injuries from torture and were taken to medical facilities for treatment, he said.
Our troop are doing good work and helping the Iraqi people every day. Keep the MSM's feet to the fire. The good news needs to keep getting out.
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