I don't know if anyone's noticing, but, after a brief lull as "the surge" came into place, we're beginning to see large unit operations by insurgents and militias outside of Baghdad.
) "About 50 suspected insurgents attacked a U.S. base in the center of a city north of the capital Friday." (Baquba)Yesterday
, there was a large scale (Sunni) assault on a Mosul Jail, and two substantial Mahdi/Iraqi Forces clashes in Diwaniyah and Nasiriyah.
It would appear that the militants have now fully reorganized their operations outside of Baghdad.
I believe John McCain used to call this "Whack a Mole."
: IraqSlogger points out
the irony(?) that as the Mahdi is returning to the streets, it is doing so in the southern cities as part of the Shia power struggle, not as death squads or protectors of the Shia civilians against the Sunnis.)