For all the Iraq pessimists, more good news from Iraq in the form of former Sunni insurgents slaughtering al Qaeda terrorists on their own initiative.

Former Sunni insurgents asked the U.S. to stay away, then ambushed members of al-Qaida in Iraq, killing 18 in a battle that raged for hours north of Baghdad, an ex-insurgent leader and Iraqi police said Saturday.

Fighters of the Islamic Army in Iraq staged the surprise attack Friday afternoon near Samarra — sending advance word to Iraqi police and requesting that U.S. helicopters stay away, since the fighters had no uniforms and were indistinguishable from al-Qaida.

Despite the agonizing difficulty we and the other good guys face, time is ultimately on our side. Our civilization is far more appealing than that pushed by the bad guys at gun-point, and the people caught in the middle will eventually fall our way. Just be patient.

(HT: Blackfive and Instapundit.)

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