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You have to read a UK paper to get this story:

American and Iraqi forces are driving Al-Qaeda in Iraq out of its last redoubt in the north of the country in the culmination of one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror. After being forced from its strongholds in the west and centre of Iraq in the past two years, Al-Qaeda’s dwindling band of fighters has made a defiant “last stand” in the northern city of Mosul. A huge operation to crush the 1,200 fighters who remained from a terrorist force once estimated at more than 12,000 began on May 10. Operation Lion’s Roar, in which the Iraqi army combined forces with the Americans’ 3rd Armoured Cavalry Regiment, has already resulted in the death of Abu Khalaf, the Al-Qaeda leader, and the capture of more than 1,000 suspects.

By way of contrast, the Washington Post has a front page story on pit bulls and an obligatory tale of McCain’s troubles with conservatives, with a page ten story on Iraq bombings that is completely silent on the action in Mosul. The New York Times op-ed on Iraq gives no indication its editors are aware of events in Mosul.

But it can’t be — Barack Obama says that Iraq has been a distraction in the war on terror and that we have to leave Iraq to find and defeat Al Qaeda. Well, if he and his advisors limit their reading to the front pages of the mainstream U.S. newspapers it is understandable that they might persist in this view. We wait with great anticipation for the New York Times to discover this news, for the rest of the MSM outlets to pick it up, and for Obama to declare that this is totally consistent with his previous understanding of the Iraq war.

And mainstream reporters are confused as to why they lack credibility?