Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Good News From Iraq

The top Iraqi terrorist was caught earlier today. From Fox News:
Yasir Sabhawi Ibrahim (search), son of Saddam's half brother Sabhawi Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti, was arrested in a Baghdad apartment, several days after Syrian authorities forced him to return to Iraq, the officials told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Cairo.
A senior member of the Iraqi Defense Ministry called the capture of Ibrahim a serious blow to the terrorist networks in Iraq. Ibrahim was believe to be financially supporting various parts of the insurgency in Iraq, and his capture is a big deal to American ground troops. The capture is just a further example of our ongoing progress in Iraq.

Furthermore, over the weekend Iraq voted on its new constitution. Though the votes are still being counted, it appears that the Sunnis couldn't block the constitution as they had planned.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's landmark constitution seemed assured of passage Sunday after initial results showed minority Sunni Arabs had fallen short in an effort to veto it at the polls. The apparent acceptance was a major step in the attempt to establish a democratic government that could lead to the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Opponents failed to secure the necessary two-thirds "no" vote in any three of Iraqi's 18 provinces, according to counts that local officials provided to The Associated Press. In the crucial central provinces with mixed ethnic and religious populations, enough Shiites and Kurds voted to stymie the Sunni bid to reject the constitution.
This is extremely good news both for Iraq and for the administration. When the constitution passes, we will be one step closer to a true, self-sufficient democracy in Iraq, as well as a pull out of the American troops still on the ground.

Also, MyWay offers a recap of the most recent developments in Iraq.

And Michael Yon has just been re-dispatched for more on-the-ground reporting in Iraq. Keep track of him for some of the most accurate information you'll get about what we're doing over there.