MAJOR JOHN TAMMES REPORTS from an Iraqi Army memorial service.

Related item here: “Despite the news media’s apparent insistence on clinging to their narrative of defeat and disaster in Basra, Nouri al-Maliki’s operation to restore control of the city to the elected government achieved its major goal today with the fall of the Mahdi militia’s stronghold in the city.”

And reader C.J. Burch emails: “Look for media operation ‘Save Sadr.’ To begin any moment now.”