Between cleaning out Fallujah, crushing the takeover attempt in Mosul, and raiding a key mosque in Baghdad today, seems like a good week for the future of Iraq. This article offers several interesting tidbits: -a number of Muslim clerics have been arrested for inciting terrorism-related violence. This seems a smart move. Get them silent and off the loudspeakers. Make an example for others. -"Three policemen also were killed Thursday when masked gunmen set up a checkpoint in eastern Mosul and shot them when they displayed identification, Gouran said." Bizarre. If you came up to a checkpoint manned by masked men, would you show your IDs and attempt to pass? would you if you were a cop? Were the policemen armed? What are the rules for them to engage bad guys? A strange story, and certainly more here than is reported. - "U.S. troops sweeping through the city west of Baghdad found what appeared to be a key command center of terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, along with a separate workshop where an SUV registered in Texas was being converted into a car bomb and a classroom containing flight plans and instructions on shooting down planes." -what does registered in Texas mean? Did they actually call the TX DMV? Or were there just a bunch of TX license plates laying around? Why would the insurgents have these? if they were attempting to move pre-made carbombs to the US, it seems easier to move them first, then make them into bombs, then steal some license plates.