While one “insurgent” leader responsible for the violence in Iraq, Moqtada al Sadr, has fled Baghdad, another has been wounded. According to the Associated Press, “ The leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq was wounded and an aide was killed in a clash Thursday with Iraqi forces north of Baghdad, the Interior Ministry spokesman said.” (Via The Corner).
UPDATE: Pajamas offers firsthand account of the appearance of the “surge” in the streets of Baghdad.
UP-UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds (AKA |nstapundit) links Strategypage’s largely upbeat analysis of the situation in Iraq, noting the disarray of a number of militias. Glenn also references Jules Crittenden’s post offering the good and bad news from that emerging democracy, including the news that many Iraqis “want the surge to succeed.” Read both posts!
UP-UP-UPDATE: Reader Peter Hughes e-mailed an article reporting that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki believes that the new security plan “had seen dazzling success during its first days.”