A couple of addendums to my previous post:
• No sooner do I complain about the mainstream media ignoring the mayor of Tal Afar than the Washington Post runs an article by Thomas Ricks on the Tal Afar campaign. It centers on Colonel McMaster but also mentions the mayor; it quotes him as saying he wants McMaster's unit to remain because it does a better job than other American units. It's a good piece of reportage, the kind of thing many of us criticize the mainstream media for not providing. So let's give credit to the Post and to Thomas Ricks.