Here's a great story about the 4th Platoon, Golf Company, 2/8 Marines. Andrew Lubin is embedded with them in Anbar province. Some notable quotes-
In their own small-scale way, the residents of Saqliwiah are pushing back against both AQI and the Shia. They’ve re-opened a maternity clinic, a kindergarten, and are filling potholes and repaving the streets. Golf Co. supports such endeavors if asked, but Sunni contractors and workers are still regularly targeted by AQI snipers. The work progresses, however slowly.
Anyone read this lately? They're making some real headway in this story. Find it here: USCAVONPOINT
What was really disturbing-
“AQI is both feared and hated,” Capt Broekhuizen said, referring to Al Qaeda in Iraq. “They’ve been running a brutal terror campaign. No city leaders are left here who will take a leadership role.” Marines from Golf Company said they recently fished two bodies out of the local river: a man had been decapitated, and his 4-year old tied to his leg before both were thrown into the river and the little boy drowned. The killings were a product of Al Qaeda terror.
The entire article is really good...