'This is not to say they cannot still deliver such attacks, but the new U.S. strategy has crippled them. Don’t just take my word for it, listen to the latest Al Qaeda “martyr,” Abu Osama al-Tunisi. In a handwritten note found at the site of his death, the Al Qaeda in Iraq #2 wrote, “"I have been surrounded…for two and a half months because the road has been closed by the Apostate, and there is no other way," he added, "We are so desperate for your help." The words of this high-ranking Al Qaeda member speak volumes, and underscore the now undeniable counter-narrative happening in Iraq.
While the mainstream media reports on roadside bombs and missed benchmarks, American soldiers—along with Iraqi security forces—continue to make great security gains (which are the necessary pre-condition for real political progress).'