"Violence in Iraq's al-Anbar province has dropped dramatically since the beginning of the year, due in large part to friendly relations between coalition forces and 11 local sheikhs who have decided to ally with the U.S. in the fight against al-Qaida." (NPR – audio) You'll enjoy hearing this good news from Iraq!
(right) U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Kyle Harper, a truck leader with Military Police Company, 2nd Maintenance Battalion, walks with an Iraqi child in Al Qam, Iraq, June 5, 2007. (DoD photo by Cpl. Michael J. O'Brien)