I just heard that upwards of 250 insurgents have been killed in Najaf during a combined Coalition/IA operation. Good to hear, I hope it's true.
I'm not sure what MG Fil's orders are for taking on the insurgents, but I'll bet it's the same orders MG Thurman (and all of us in Baghdad) waited on for a year while we were there. To actually have a major battle take place in Najaf means that something has changed. And to have such a large death toll on the part of the insurgents means that the ROE has changed as well.
All good news.
I'm probably the only one in my church that doesn't pray for peace. I pray for victory. I believe that any peace without a victory against the islamists will be a short-lived peace. So victory first.
So at least today, it seems that my prayers are partially answered.