It's hard to get concrete facts news from Iraq. Unfortunately, the war coverage is so partisan that the American people have a hard time deciphering the truth.
Over the last few months, I've started getting my news from other sources.
How is the surge doing? Actually, it is doing well but the task is huge.
See What's Not News:
""Taking back the streets" is easy. Holding them in the long term is hard. It will take several months before it is known who won the Battle of Baghdad. It's all a matter of crime rates. If the murder rate comes down, you've won. Actually, the murder rate has come down over the last year, but not enough to become news. Eliminating the suicide car bombings would be a real victory, as these operations are largely for the media. Militarily they mean much less than the gun battles between police and terrorist (Sunni or Shia) gangs, or the raids on terrorist safe houses. At this point, the Sunni Arabs are fighting a media war. On the ground, they have lost. But until the media confirms this, they can keep it up."
Will it work perfectly? Probably not. The enemy is determined and cruel.
I found this story rather amazing.