Blimey, this must absolutely blow the minds of Guardianistas. David Smith's embed continues, and he's dedicated his space today to just letting U.S. soldiers speak for themselves. Abu Muqawama is absolutely shocked this kind of sympathetic reporting is running in the Guardian:
I give the kids candy and ask them if bad guys have spoken to them. The people are the key to getting everything. The colonel calls me "the mayor" because every neighbourhood I go into, I have a following of people who want to tell me the problems they're having, such as propane or electricity.
Every person says the same to us: "Now you're here, we feel safe. Please don't leave. We don't see the bad guys any more."